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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

A Turkish protester waves a national flag with a poster of the nation's founder, Kemal Ataturk, as thousands of trade union members take part in a two-day march to Kizilay Square, the main city center in Ankara. (Associated Press)

Obama administration takes a step back after Kerry's Turkey comments

The Obama administration assumed a careful posture Wednesday toward the uprisings that have engulfed cities across Turkey, where authorities are seeking to calm protests that erupted when police cracked down on demonstrators earlier this week. Published June 6, 2013

** FILE ** President Obama talks about national security on Thursday, May 23, 2013, at the National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington. Declaring America at a "crossroads" in the fight against terrorism, the president revealed clearer guidelines for the use of deadly drone strikes, including more control by the U.S. military, while leaving key details of the controversial program secret. (Associated Press)

Obama uses executive order to expand sanctions on Iran

Amid pressure from Congress to get tougher on Iran, the White House expanded U.S. sanctions on the Islamic republic on Monday, giving broad powers to U.S. authorities to begin targeting the Iranian automotive industry — as well as those found purchasing or selling large amounts of Iranian currency in foreign banks. Published June 3, 2013

This citizen journalism image provided by Qusair Lens, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Qusair-based activist Hadi Abdullah (right) walking on a street hit by the shelling of Hezbolllah Lebanese Shiite group and the Syrian forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, in the town of Qusair, near the Lebanon border, Homs province, Syria, on May 31, 2013. Syrian troops attacked a convoy trying to evacuate the wounded from a central town near the border with Lebanon, killing many people, as rebel reinforcements infiltrated the besieged area to fight government forces backed by Lebanese Hezbollah fighters, activists said. (Associated Press)

Iran may be on invite list for Syria conference

The State Department confirmed Friday that U.S. officials are open to the possibility of allowing Iran to participate in an upcoming peace conference on Syria, despite the Islamic Republic's alleged support for the regime of embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad. Published May 31, 2013

** FILE ** President Obama talks about national security on Thursday, May 23, 2013, at the National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington. Declaring America at a "crossroads" in the fight against terrorism, the president revealed clearer guidelines for the use of deadly drone strikes, including more control by the U.S. military, while leaving key details of the controversial program secret. (Associated Press)

Feds say Iran's support for terrorism growing

Iran's support of international terrorism has reached levels unseen since the 1990s, but the top cadre of al Qaeda leaders have largely been decimated in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the State Department said Thursday in its latest report on worldwide terrorism. Published May 30, 2013

**FILE** Secretary of State John F. Kerry (Associated Press)

House presses Kerry for post-Benghazi disciplinary details

Republicans on the House Foreign Affairs Committee are calling on Secretary of State John F. Kerry to "detail what personnel actions" the State Department has taken following security failures in the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya. Published May 29, 2013

** FILE ** Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks during an interview on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. (Associated Press/Syrian State TV via AP video)

State says Russian missile delivery shouldn't affect Syria talks

The State Department says Russia's plan to deliver advanced surface-to-air missiles Syrian President Bashar Assad's embattled government should not rule out the possibility that Moscow will work with Washington toward bringing an end to the violence in the Middle East nation. Published May 29, 2013

** FILE ** A Sunni gunman fires his machine gun during clashes that erupted between pro- and anti-Syrian regime gunmen, in the northern port city of Tripoli, Lebanon, Thursday, May. 23, 2013. (AP Photo)

Russia supplying weaponry to Syria's Assad; EU lifts ban on aiding rebels

The Obama administration responded sharply to Russia's announcement Tuesday that it will proceed with the delivery of sophisticated weapons to embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad despite the administration's attempts to get Moscow's help toward peacefully resolving Syria's civil war. Published May 28, 2013

**FILE** House Foreign Affairs Chairman Rep. Ed Royce, California Republican, questions Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 23, 2013, about the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida Republican, listens at left. (Associated Press)

House panel urges Obama to expand sanctions on Iran

A key House panel pushed through legislation Wednesday calling on the Obama administration to significantly broaden U.S. sanctions on Iran, just as the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency released a report saying the Islamic republic's nuclear program had made measurable advances. Published May 22, 2013

 ** FILE ** Thomas R. Pickering (Associated Press)

Pickering complies with House request for Benghazi interview

The career diplomat who led the internal State Department probe into the Benghazi terrorist attacks has agreed to a private, transcribed interview with investigators from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which had issued a subpoena after his initial resistance. Published May 22, 2013

** FILE ** In this March 1, 2013, file photo Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., participates in a news conference at an airport in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

Senators call on Obama to arm Syrian opposition

President Obama faces mounting bipartisan pressure for the U.S. to become more deeply involved in Syria's civil war, with a key Senate panel pushing through legislation Tuesday that would clear the way for the administration to supply weapons to rebels fighters in the Mideast nation. Published May 21, 2013

** FILE ** Secretary of State John Kerry at the State Department in Washington Monday, May 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Freedom of religion scarce in Iran, China

Declaring that "freedom of religion is a core American value," Secretary of State John F. Kerry Monday released his department's annual worldwide religious freedom report, which found "worrying" and "negative trends" around the globe. Published May 20, 2013

**FILE** Libyans watch a Sept. 21, 2012, protest in Benghazi, Libya, against Ansar al-Shariah Brigades and other Islamic militias. (Associated Press)

Obama takes security measures, but Benghazi questions still loom

The Obama administration is trying to move beyond Benghazi, saying Monday that it has tightened security at diplomatic posts and created an official position to ensure "high-threat" missions are properly protected — but House Republicans are pressing on with investigations into the Sept. 11 attack. Published May 20, 2013

** FILE ** In this Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, file photo, Libyans walk on the grounds of the gutted U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after an attack the previous day that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. (AP Photo/Ibrahim Alaguri)

Republicans weigh risks, benefits of select committee on Benghazi

House Republicans want their party leaders to name a special committee to take control of the inquiry into the Benghazi terrorist attack, but House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, has resisted — largely, analysts say, because the long-term political risks of a high-profile probe could outweigh any short-term benefit. Published May 19, 2013

**FILE** An Iranian goldsmith shows Iran's gold coins at a gold market in the main old Bazaar of Tehran on Jan. 26, 2012. (Associated Press)

Obama administration looks to cut Iran's access to gold

Democrats appeared eager Wednesday to poke holes in the seriousness of President Obama's vow to deter Iran from developing a nuclear warhead, raising tough questions about whether the White House is squeezing hard enough on sanctions against the Islamic Republic's economy. Published May 15, 2013

A man who the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) claims is Ryan Fogle, a third secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, is pictured at FSB offices in Moscow early on Tuesday, May 14, 2013. (AP Photo/FSB Public Relations Center)

Russia employs Cold War-era flair in spy charge against U.S. diplomat

The Obama administration responded cautiously to the very public detention, then release by Russian authorities, of an American diplomat accused of spying in Moscow, saying that the U.S. remains committed to close relations with Russia and downplaying the possibility of retaliation against Russian intelligence agents in the U.S. Published May 14, 2013

Chinese authorities are believed to be inflicting "harassment and abuse" on family members to Chen Guangcheng, a blind Chinese activist living in the United States. (Associated Press)

John Kerry urged to pressure China over treatment of Chen Guangcheng's family

In a letter written Friday and released to the public Monday, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle expressed concern to Secretary of State John F. Kerry over "harassment and abuse" that Chinese authorities are believed to be inflicting on family members to Chen Guangcheng, a blind Chinese activist living in the United States. Published May 13, 2013