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Guy Taylor

Guy Taylor

Guy Taylor is the National Security Team Leader at The Washington Times, overseeing the paper's State Department, Pentagon and intelligence community coverage. He's also a frequent guest on The McLaughlin Group and C-SPAN.

His series on political, economic and security developments in Mexico won a 2012 Virginia Press Association award.

Prior to rejoining The Times in 2011, his work was supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the Fund For Investigative Journalism, and appeared in a variety publications, from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to Salon, Reason, Prospect Magazine of London, the Daily Star of Beirut, the Jerusalem Post and the St. Petersburg Times. He's also served as an editor at World Politics Review, written for America's Quarterly and produced news videos and feature stories for Agence France-Presse.

Mr. Taylor is a graduate of Clark University. After a stint at States News Service, he spent five years at The Times from 2001 through 2006, first on the metro desk and later reporting from Iraq, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe and Guantanamo Bay, in addition to pursuing special assignments throughout the U.S. He was part of a team of Times reporters who won a Society of Professional Journalists award for their coverage of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

He can be reached at gtaylor@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Guy Taylor

Under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey has argued that its interests are too often overlooked. (Associated Press)

Turkey wavers on Islamic State fight amid rising tensions with U.S., allies

Even as U.S., Iraqi and Kurdish forces make significant gains against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, rising friction between Turkey and America's key regional allies threatens to scuttle the hopes of coalition forces to drive the terrorist group from the region. Published June 13, 2016

The latest instance of the second-generation terrorist syndrome played out in Orlando over the weekend, where Omar Mateen, son of immigrants from Afghanistan, went on a jihad-inspired rampage, shooting down 49 people and wounding 53 others in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. (MySpace via Associated Press)

Islamic State seeks credit amid Orlando shooter's confusing claims

The Islamic State issued a second claim of responsibility in two days for the carnage that killed 49 people at gay nightclub in Orlando, although investigators were still scrambling Monday night to determine whether the U.S.-born gunman had any connection to the terror group or was just inspired by its message. Published June 13, 2016

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 7, 2016 file photo, Turkish police work at the scene of an explosion in Istanbul. Well before police could establish who was responsible for the car bombing, the government had banned the media from reporting anything about the investigation. Bans have been implemented after such incidents since 2013 and have become so routine that some joke on Twitter that the ban arrives before the ambulance _ but they're part of what free-speech advocates say is an increasingly concerning pattern of restricting news coverage in Turkey. (Associated Press)

Kurdish militants claim responsibility for Turkey blast

A Kurdish militant group claimed responsibility Friday for the rush-hour car bombing that killed 11 people and injured scores of others in a central tourist district in the Turkish city of Istanbul this week, saying the blast was the start of a new war with Turkey's government. Published June 10, 2016

FILE - This undated file image posted by the Raqqa Media Center, in Islamic State group-held territory, on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, fighters of the Islamic State wave the group's flag from a damaged display of a government fighter jet following the battle for the Tabqa air base, in Raqqa, Syria. A two-pronged advance to capture key urban strongholds of the Islamic State, and the extremist group's self-styled capital of Raqqa has underlined a convergence of strategy between Washington and Moscow to defeat the extremist group, with Syria's Kurds emerging as the common denominator. (Raqqa Media Center via AP, File)

Bombings force ISIS to cut fighter pay by half: U.S. officials

Obama administration counterterrorism officials said Thursday that U.S.-led airstrikes against the Islamic State-held oil fields and cash depots in Syria and Iraq are the number-one way to destroy the terror group's finances. Published June 9, 2016

With a Libyan flag on his automatic weapon, a soldier stands guard outside a meeting between Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Libya's Transitional National Council President Mustafa Abdel-Jalil at the World Islamic Call Society Headquarters in Tripoli, Libya, on Oct. 18, 2011. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Libya says it will lead own fight against ISIS

The prime minister of Libya's new government says the fractured nation's own military forces will lead the campaign to defeat the Islamic State's main Libyan affiliate. Published June 3, 2016

State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters in Washington that Moscow's military activity in Syria is "an indication that the regime, supported by Russia, continues to try to find a military solution to problems that really require a political solution." (Associated Press)

State Department admits intentionally editing video of Iran press conference

The State Department acknowledged Wednesday that officials intentionally altered the video record of a 2013 department press briefing to delete comments about then-ongoing nuclear negotiations between the U.S. and Iran -- claiming that an unidentified U.S. official had ordered the comments removed. Published June 1, 2016

In this Oct. 10, 2015, file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un delivers remarks at a military parade in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea's biggest political convention in decades opens in Pyongyang on May 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File) **FILE**

North Korea slams Hillary Clinton, heaps praise on 'wise' Donald Trump

North Korea's state media published a op-ed slamming Hillary Clinton and praising Donald Trump on Tuesday, roughly two weeks after the presumptive Republican presidential nominee said he'd be open to direct talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try to halt the communist nation's nuclear program. Published May 31, 2016

From left, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani hold hands in a show of solidarity after their trilateral meeting at the Saadabad Palace in Tehran, Iran, on May 23. (Iranian Presidency Office via Associated Press)

India-Iran port deal reveals tense Asian rivalries

A little-noticed deal this month between India and Iran to develop an obscure port in the Gulf of Oman is offering a glimpse into just how dramatically last summer's Iranian nuclear accord stands to upend South Asia's geopolitical dynamics — as New Delhi pushes to expand its influence in nearby Afghanistan, outflank rival Pakistan and challenge Chinese dominance in the region. Published May 29, 2016

President Obama waves Tuesday as he leaves the stage after speaking at the National Convention Center in Hanoi, Vietnam. (Associated Press)

New leaders in Philippines, Taiwan may trigger friction between U.S., China

With new leaders in Taiwan and the Philippines less willing to kowtow to an increasingly assertive China, East Asia's delicate geopolitical balance is shifting just as President Obama makes a valedictory tour of the region to highlight his administration's "pivot" to Asia and its readiness to support the countries on China's periphery. Published May 24, 2016

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, California Republican (Associated Press) **FILE**

Lawmakers slam Saudi record on fight against terrorism

Members of the Saudi royal family are "up to their eyeballs" in supporting terrorism, a veteran Republican lawmaker charged Tuesday, as members of Congress raised sharp questions of the state of U.S.-Saudi relations and Riyadh's contribution to the fight against al Qaeda and the Islamic State. Published May 24, 2016

In this Thursday, April 14, 2016 photo, Journalists are see next to Russian vehicles as they block a road leading to the ancient city of Palmyra in central Homs province, Syria. An American heritage organization says the Russian military is constructing a new army base in the central Syrian town of Palmyra, within the protected zone that holds the archaeological site listed by UNESCO as world heritage. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Assad won't budge in Syria; Obama lacks leverage: Former diplomat

With international peace talks on Syria seemingly going nowhere Tuesday, the Obama administration's former ambassador to the war-torn nation predicted Syrian President Bashar Assad will remain in power as long as Washington and its allies fail to challenge him militarily. Published May 17, 2016

Donald Trump inspires outrage, amusement, respect among U.S. rivals

China's state media have called him "bigmouthed" and a "clown," although polls and Internet chat sites show many ordinary Chinese respect his business acumen. Russian President Vladimir Putin has heaped praise on him, and other Russians think he will take a less ideology-driven approach than President Obama -- or Hillary Clinton -- toward Moscow. The Iranians are still trying to figure him out. Published May 15, 2016

In this Feb. 9, 2016 file photo, Director of the National Intelligence James Clapper testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

GOP lawmakers back effort to screen social media accounts for security clearances

Republican lawmakers voiced support Friday for authorities to look more closely at things like the Facebook and Instagram accounts of applicants for government security clearances -- a day after the Obama administration issued new guidelines for using publicly-available social-media information in federal background checks. Published May 13, 2016