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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

British soldiers gather next to a French army truck inside a British transport plane at a base in Evreux on Monday, part of Britain's authorization over the weekend to send two C-17 transport planes to help France get more troops to Mali. (Associated Press)

U.S. won't pledge aid yet to French effort in Mali

U.S. officials voiced support Monday for France's military campaign against al Qaeda-linked rebels in Mali, and downplayed the notion that the United States is on the verge of getting pulled into a widening conflict in the West African nation. Published January 14, 2013

**FILE** Sen. Robert Menendez, New Jersey Democrat (Associated Press)

Menendez eyed for Senate panel

The nomination of Sen. John F. Kerry as secretary of state prompted a frantic shuffle on Capitol Hill, where congressional sources now say Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey will replace the Massachusetts Democrat as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. Published January 9, 2013

** File ** President Obama looks to Sen. John F. Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, after announcing Mr. Kerry's nomination as the next secretary of state in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Dec. 21, 2012, in Washington. (Associated Press)

Swift Boaters won't challenge Kerry over State job

The Swift Boat Veterans for Truth helped sink Sen. John F. Kerry's bid for the White House eight years ago, but the group of veterans has decided it will not to try to torpedo his nomination to head the State Department. Published January 8, 2013

** FILE ** Syrian President Bashar Assad (Associated Press)

U.S. dismisses latest overture from Syria's Assad

The State Department has offered a sharp rebuke to the latest speech by Bashar Assad, calling the Syrian president "detached from reality" and bent on perpetuating his regime's "bloody oppression of the Syrian people." Published January 7, 2013

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will testify before Congress about the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, before she steps down. (Associated Press)

Clinton to testify about Benghazi before resigning

The State Department said Monday that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will testify before Congress about security failures in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Published January 7, 2013

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Clinton open to testifying on Benghazi attack

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton remains open to testifying before Congress about security failures in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. Published January 3, 2013

**FILE** Libyan civilians celebrate the raiding of Ansar al-Shariah Brigades compound in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 21, 2012, after hundreds of civilians, military and police raided the Brigades base. The attack that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans has sparked a backlash among frustrated Libyans against the heavily armed gunmen, including Islamic extremists, who run rampant in their cities. (Associated Press)

State Dept. warns against travel to Libya

The State Department issued a new travel warning for Libya on Wednesday, citing "ongoing instability and violence" and strongly advising against all travel to the eastern city of Benghazi, where the U.S. Consulate was attacked by terrorists Sept. 11. Published January 2, 2013

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (Associated Press)

Clinton’s physicians expect ‘full recovery’

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was being monitored closely at a New York hospital Monday night, although doctors said she was making "excellent progress" toward "a full recovery" from a blood clot inside her skull. Published December 31, 2012

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has visited 112 nations and spoken to more foreign populations than any U.S. secretary of state in history. Last year, she bonded with women in Zambia. (Associated Press)

After facing up to world of change, 
Clinton leaves a legacy of caution

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Clinton has visited more nations and spoken to more foreign populations than any U.S. secretary of state in history. But her critics say she has fallen far short of making much of an impact on several foreign policy challenges facing the United States, not to mention the fate of democracy around the world. Published December 27, 2012

** FILE ** Rep. Mike Rogers, Michigan Republican (Associated Press)

Lawmakers insisting on justice for Benghazi attack on consulate

Key Republican lawmakers on Wednesday embraced the findings of the State Department's internal inquiry into the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, even though its long-awaited report stopped short of probing questions of an Obama administration cover-up in the attack's aftermath. Published December 19, 2012

**FILE** U.S. envoy Chris Stevens speaks April 11, 2011, to local media at the Tibesty Hotel where an African Union delegation was meeting with opposition leaders in Benghazi, Libya. The U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi by protesters angry over a film that ridiculed Islam's Prophet Muhammad. (Associated Press)

Defense Dept. had live video of attack in Benghazi

Live video from a drone flying over the U.S. Consulate during the Sept. 11 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, was monitored at a Defense Department facility, but was not fed to the White House, senior officials say. Published December 11, 2012

**FILE** Libyan military guards inspect the burnt-out buildings at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, during a visit by Libyan President Mohammed el-Megaref to express sympathy for the death of American ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and his colleagues in the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the consulate. (Associated Press)

U.S. knew for years of Benghazi extremism

Senior State Department, defense and intelligence officials were well aware that Benghazi and its surrounding area harbored al Qaeda-linked extremists long before the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in the eastern Libyan city. Published December 9, 2012

Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper was on Capitol Hill on Wednesday for intelligence briefings with members of Congress that included showing security camera footage of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. (Associated Press)

Clapper widens audience for Benghazi tape

The Obama administration's intelligence chief on Wednesday held a classified briefing on Capitol Hill in which he showed House members security camera footage of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Published December 5, 2012

Sean Smith

Families want to know what happened in Benghazi

The father of a former Navy SEAL killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, says he learned the details of his son's bravery not from the Obama administration, but in an email from an American whose life was saved by his son. Published December 4, 2012

Susan E. Rice, U.N. ambassador, has been meeting with Republicans after the uproar about the handling of the Benghazi attack. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Obama ‘proud’ of Rice, GOP still skeptical

President Obama said Wednesday that U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan E. Rice has been "extraordinary" as he sought to boost the embattled diplomat's prospects on Capitol Hill, where she has been trying to smooth the way for a possible promotion to secretary of state but has stumbled in meetings with key Republican senators. Published November 28, 2012