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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.

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Articles by Guy Taylor

CIA Director John O. Brennan speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Washington. The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Tuesday the CIA improperly searched a stand-alone computer network established for Congress in its investigation of allegations of CIA abuse in a Bush-era detention and interrogation program and the agency's own inspector general has referred the matter to the Justice Department for possible legal action. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Brennan: Russia 'absolutely' could invade eastern Ukraine

CIA Director John O. Brennan said Tuesday that the Russian military "absolutely" has the capability to invade eastern Ukraine and that only Russian President Vladimir Putin knows whether such an invasion will occur. Published March 11, 2014

Rep. Eliot L. Engel, New York Democrat

U.S. urges direct talks between Russia, new Ukraine government

The Obama administration hopes Russia will agree to sit down for direct talks with the transitional government that took power in Ukraine following last month's ouster of the nation's Moscow-backed president, a senior State Department official said Thursday. Published March 6, 2014

This photo released by the Israel Defense Forces shows a missile on an intercepted ship in the Red Sea Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Israeli naval forces raided a ship deep in the Red Sea early Wednesday and seized dozens of advanced rockets from Iran destined for Palestinian militants in Gaza, the military said. (AP Photo/IDF)

Israelis had U.S. help in intercepting Iranian missile shipment to Palestine

The State Department revealed Wednesday that even as the Obama administration was engaging in direct and very high-stakes nuclear negotiations with Iran, U.S. officials for months have been secretly collaborating with Israeli intelligence to track an illicit Iranian weapons shipment bound for Palestine. Published March 5, 2014

** FILE ** In this Dec. 24, 1998, photo, Muslim militant and al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden speaks to a selected group of reporters in mountains of Helmand province in southern Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahimullah Yousafzai)

Special congressional panel to investigate FBI contact with bin Laden

A special panel recently authorized by Congress to conduct an independent review of the FBI's efforts to reform itself in the aftermath of the 9/11 Commission report will examine the case of confidential human source that the FBI had placed in direct contact with Osama bin Laden during the early-1990s, a key congressman said Wednesday. Published February 26, 2014

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, right, speak at a press conference at the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., Monday, February 24, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Hagel plans Pentagon cuts that would take Army to pre-WWII levels

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Monday that the Army must shrink to pre-World War II troop levels to preserve funding for elite counterterrorism operations and maintain the cybersecurity programs needed to counter threats by emerging rivals such as China. Published February 24, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, attends a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. The Defenders of the Fatherland Day, celebrated in Russia on Feb. 23, honors the nation's military and is a nationwide holiday. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

U.S. warns Russia to keep its military out of Ukraine

The Obama administration warned Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday not to react too aggressively to the fast-moving developments in Ukraine, where pro-Western demonstrators forced the nation's Moscow-backed president from power over the weekend. Published February 23, 2014

"For the very first time, we have learned to live with what we have," Greek Ambassador Christos P. Panagopoulos said. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Greece seeks debt relief with rare budget surplus, ambassador says

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: The top Greek diplomat in Washington says his nation's first budget surplus in more than a decade should go a long way toward persuading international creditors to ease up on some of the austerity measures that have been forced on Athens. Published February 18, 2014

A convoy of vehicles and fighters from the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant travels in Iraq's Anbar province. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The tangled web of words that 'al Qaeda' has become

Was it al Qaeda "core," al Qaeda "prime" or al Qaeda "central," or was it an al Qaeda "affiliate" an al Qaeda "linked" or an al Qaeda "inspired" group? Or was it just al Qaeda? Published February 16, 2014

Secretary of State John F. Kerry holds a press conference Thursday in Seoul with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se. Mr. Kerry is on a mission aimed largely at easing tensions between China and its smaller neighbors over territorial disputes and exploring ways to restart long-stalled multiparty talks on ridding North Korea of nuclear weapons. (Associated Press)

Two Koreas set to hold highest level talks in 7 years as U.S. warns North on nukes

With North and South Korea slated to hold another round of direct talks Friday, Secretary of State John F. Kerry praised the two sides for entering into their highest-level engagement in seven years but warned that Washington won't join the talks until Pyongyang takes "meaningful action" toward denuclearization. Published February 13, 2014

In this May 28, 2007 file photo, a young boy seeks shelter behind a soldier with the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne division after gunshots rang out at the scene where just a few minutes earlier a suicide car bomber blew himself up in a busy commercial district in central Baghdad. killing at least 21 people and wounding 66. In the beginning, it all looked simple: topple Saddam Hussein, destroy his purported weapons of mass destruction and lay the foundation for a pro-Western government in the heart of the Arab world. Nearly 4,500 American and more than 100,000 Iraqi lives later, the objective now is simply to get out _ and leave behind a country where democracy has at least a chance, where Iran does not dominate and where conditions may not be good but "good enough." (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)

Suicide attacks by foreign fighters skyrocket in Iraq

The leading al Qaeda-inspired group in Syria and Iraq is tapping a “global network” of foreign fighters to carry out a surging number of suicide bombings in Iraq, the Obama administration’s top diplomat for the region said Wednesday. Published February 5, 2014

Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman told a Senate Panel on Tuesday that U.S. officials have informed foreign companies looking to do business in Iran that "we will in fact go after them, that we will sanction them ... if they evade our sanctions." (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

State official: Iran 'not open for business'

Washington's top diplomat for Iranian nuclear negotiations stressed on Tuesday that the recent easing of U.S. sanctions on the Islamic republic is "limited" and "temporary," and threatened to "go after" foreign companies rushing to do business with Tehran in sectors where restrictions are still in place. Published February 4, 2014

** FILE **  Members of Ahrar al-Sham brigade, one of the Syrian rebels groups, exercise in a train camp at unknown place in Syria. The growing muscle of an al Qaeda linked Syrian group is casting a grim shadow over northern Syria, where extremist militants have turned their attention to seizing activists who cover their country. (AP Photo)

Al Qaeda-like groups evolving, share goal of killing Americans

The landscape of Islamist terrorist groups is expanding in complex ways around the world, according to terrorism analysts who told Congress on Tuesday that while many groups have not formally aligned with al Qaeda, they share the original network's goals of killing Americans and establishing hard-line Islamic rule over various regions. Published February 4, 2014