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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

Specially designated: Doku Umarov circulated a video last summer advocating action against the Winter Olympics in Russia. (Kavkaz Center via Associated Press)

Pre-Olympics terror attacks, Boston bombings may be linked to 'Russian bin Laden'

Two suicide bombings targeting Russian civilians just weeks from the opening of Winter Olympics have renewed fears that a Chechen terrorist known as the "Russian bin Laden" may be bent on committing or inspiring more attacks on so-called soft targets, and possibly major international sporting events. Published January 1, 2014

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks against the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Intel community: NY Times wrong, al Qaeda links in Benghazi are clear

Current and former U.S. officials, congressional sources and outside analysts briefed on the attack told The Washington Times on Monday that the U.S. intelligence community's assessment about al Qaeda's links to the Benghazi tragedy has not changed. Published December 30, 2013

Chilling: In 2007, explorers in the oil-rich Arctic dropped two miniature submarines more than 2 miles beneath the ice at the North Pole to plant a Russian flag on the ocean floor. (Associated Press)

U.S. Cold War rivals China, Russia step up challenges to Obama's Asia pivot

Russia bullies Ukraine and pushes its claims to the North Pole, while Beijing beefs up naval patrols in the South China Sea and challenges U.S. allies on its borders. As the Obama administration attempts an ambitious reorientation of the nation's strategic and diplomatic focus, two regional powerhouses and former Cold War adversaries are showing themselves increasingly keen to challenge Washington's dominance on the world stage. Published December 29, 2013

State Department adds two to terrorist list, notes al Qaeda splits

The U.S. made two key terrorism designations Wednesday, casting a spotlight on the al Qaeda affiliate organizations in the Middle East and North Africa that increasingly have replaced the Afghanistan and Pakistan-based network built by Osama bin Laden as the focus of global security concerns. Published December 18, 2013

A Syrian government solider aims his weapon during clashes with Free Syrian Army fighters (not pictured) in the ancient, predominantly Christian village of Maaloula, Syria, northeast of the capital, Damascus, on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. Heavy fighting flared as government troops tried to flush out rebel units, including two that are linked to al Qaeda, from the hilltop enclave that they broke into last week. (AP Photo/SANA)

U.S. adds al Qaeda-linked Lebanon militant leader to global terrorist list

The State Department named a key leader of a Lebanon-based militant group with ties to al Qaeda factions in Syria as a "Specially Designated Global Terrorist" on Tuesday, shedding fresh light on evidence that Islamic extremists operating in Syria may be eager to expand their operations regionally. Published December 18, 2013

** FILE ** In this photo taken on May 24, 2012, Spanish reporters Javier Espinosa, right, and Ricardo Garcia Vilanova, left, pose for a photo during the ceremony of the Miguel Gil journalisms awards in Barcelona, Spain. Spanish newspaper El Mundo says one of its reporters and a freelance photographer are being held hostage in Syria by a group linked to al Qaeda. (AP Photo/Joan Borras)

Number of journalists kidnapped more than doubled in 2013: report

The number of journalists kidnapped while working in various corners of the globe more than doubled over the past year — with 87 occurring during 2013, compared to 38 in 2012 — according to an annual assessment released Wednesday by Reporters Without Borders. Published December 18, 2013

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, is greeted by Deputy Defense Minister Salman bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, right, after he arriving at Riyadh Air Base on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Secretary Hagel made a brief stop in Saudi Arabia to meet with military officials and the Crown Prince.  (AP Photo/Mark Wilson, Pool)

U.S. downplays Saudi prince's criticism of Obama's Middle East policies

The State Department downplayed the appearance of mounting geopolitical friction between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia on Monday — a day after the former head of Saudi intelligence assailed the Obama administration's shifting policies in the Middle East and accused Washington of waffling on Syria and Iran. Published December 16, 2013

In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, center, is surrounded by lawmakers during an open session of parliament to submit next year's budget bill, in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. Rouhani said Sunday that last month's nuclear deal with world powers has already boosted the country's economy, as he continues a push to convince skeptics of the benefits brought by the pact's partial sanctions relief.  The proposed budget covers Iran's fiscal year that starts March 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Presidency Office, Rouzbeh Jadidoleslam)

Top Treasury aide: Pressure will rise on Iran despite nuke deal

A top Treasury official said Tuesday that sanctions pressure on Iran will actually "continue to mount" over the coming months under a new nuclear agreement negotiated by the Obama administration and other world powers, despite Secretary of State John F. Kerry's assertion that the U.S. "will suspend certain sanctions." Published December 11, 2013

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry appears before the House Foreign Affairs Committee to testify about the Iran Nuclear Deal at a hearing on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, December 10, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Democrats join GOP in grilling Kerry over Iran deal

President Obama's new nuclear deal reached last month with Iran faced bipartisan criticism as Secretary of State John Kerry gave his first defense of the agreement on Capitol Hill. Published December 10, 2013

** FILE ** President Obama finishes speaking in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington on April 16, 2013, about the Boston Marathon explosions. (Associated Press)

Lawmakers see 'false narrative' of Obama as a terrorist fighter

A growing clutch of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle is publicly countering the Obama administration's portrayal of al Qaeda as an organization on the run, saying that an evolving network of the terrorist group's affiliates now may pose as grave a threat to the U.S. as its predecessor did a decade ago. Published December 8, 2013

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, left, gestures during a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right center, at Abe's official residence in Tokyo Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. Biden, who is on the first leg of his three-nation Asian tour, met Abe, whose government is pressing the U.S. to more actively take Japan's side in an escalating dispute over China's new air defense zone above a set of contested islands in the East China Sea. (AP Photo/Toru Yamanaka, Pool)

U.S., Chinese diplomats talk air defense zone ahead of Biden visit

Leading up to Vice President Joe Biden's visit to Beijing this week, senior U.S. diplomats have engaged in a series of direct conversations with their Chinese counterparts to protest the Chinese military's attempt to carve out a new air defense zone in the East China Sea. Published December 3, 2013

**FILE** In this photo released Nov. 24, 2013, by the Iranian Students News Agency, Iranians wave their national flag as they hold a poster of President Hassan Rouhani, while welcoming Iranian nuclear negotiators upon their arrival from Geneva at the Mehrabad airport in Tehran. The sanctions relief offered to Iran by the U.S. and five world powers is meager in the context of the economy of a nation of nearly 80 million people, but by boosting morale in the business community it has already begun to get the gears of commerce turning again in Iran. (Associated Press/ISNA, Hemmat Khahi)

State mulling whether to invite Iran to upcoming Syria talks

Following this month's breakthrough in talks on Iran's disputed nuclear program, the U.S., Russia and other world powers are now discussing whether to invite representatives from the Islamic republic to an upcoming peace conference aimed at ending Syria's civil war. Published December 2, 2013

Election strengthens Honduran military's hand

Conservative candidate Juan Hernandez's victory this week in Honduras' presidential election poses a potentially dangerous role for the military in the crime-riddled Central American nation, regional analysts say. Published November 28, 2013

A B-52 bomber flies over the Pacific Ocean. (Image: U.S. Air Force)

U.S. B-52 bombers buzz China's expanded airspace as dispute with Japan escalates

In an escalating standoff reminiscent of the Cold War, China on Tuesday responded angrily to news that two U.S. B-52 bombers had flown over a contested chain of islands in the East China Sea without first alerting Beijing — just days after China unilaterally announced an expanded air-defense zone around the islands. Published November 26, 2013