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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

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Syrian President Bashar Assad (SANA via AP, File)

Former top Obama adviser slams White House's Syria strategy

President Obama's former top adviser on Middle East policy says the time has come for the administration to rethink its demand that Syrian President Bashar Assad must step down -- a stipulation that has underpinned the White House's approach to Syria's war for the past four years. Published September 25, 2015

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter (Associated Press) **FILE**

Ashton Carter: Russian buildup in Syria could 'pour gasoline' on ISIS

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says Russia's expanding military buildup in Syria could "pour gasoline on the [Islamic State] phenomenon," because Moscow is bent on backing one of the extremist group's top enemies -- embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad. Published September 24, 2015

Secretary of State John Kerry answers a question about the ongoing crisis in Syria during a news conference with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in London. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)

John Kerry hails Colombia's peace deal with FARC rebel group

The mood will be one of optimism when Secretary of State John F. Kerry meets on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly next week with Colombia's president, who just announced a major breakthrough toward a deal to end the nation's decades-old war with the leftist FARC rebel group. Published September 24, 2015

Refugee crisis sparks debate on role of rich Gulf countries

The refugee crisis surging from the Middle East to Europe has ignited a heated debate over the extent to which the Persian Gulf's wealthiest nations -- namely Saudi Arabia -- are doing enough to take in and help the hundreds of thousands of displaced people. Published September 23, 2015

President Obama plans to call on Chinese President Xi Jinping to push forward with economic reforms in Beijing that could "level the playing field for foreign firms, reduce barriers to trade and unleash [China's] massive domestic consumer potential," said National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice. (Associated Press)

Obama will raise thorny issues during Chinese president's visit

President Obama will seek to enlist China's help in steering North Korea away from developing more nuclear weapons when Chinese President Xi Jinping visits the White House this week, trying to seize on Beijing's "fulcrum of influence" over Pyongyang's reclusive regime. Published September 21, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, during their meeting in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence, outside Moscow, Russia, Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, Pool)

Putin seeks to ease Israeli fears in rare Netanyahu meeting

Russian President Vladimir Putin told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to worry about the Russian military buildup in Syria as the two men held talks in Moscow on Monday, their first face-to-face meeting in nearly two years. Published September 21, 2015

The CIA declassified a 19,000-page treasure trove of secret documents on Wednesday, an unprecedented mass release of daily intelligence briefs the agency once crafted for Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. (Associated Press)

CIA releases tranche of secret documents, but keeps juiciest nuggets classified

On the morning of Oct. 18, 1962, 36 hours into the Cuban Missile Crisis, the CIA presented President John F. Kennedy with the sobering news that seven out of 12 potential Soviet launch sites in Cuba "now have missiles on launcher," and at least some of them are "probably operational." Published September 16, 2015

CIA Director John Brennan believes al Qaeda remains a worldwide dangerous threat despite the rise of the Islamic State terrorist army. (Associated Press)

Al Qaeda still a major threat despite Islamic State's rise, CIA director says

Osama bin Laden's original al Qaeda network remains a major long-term national security threat and could surge back into global prominence even as the appeal of the newer, rival Islamic State movement spreads in the heart of the Middle East, CIA Director John Brennan said Tuesday. Published September 15, 2015

While CIA Director John O. Brennan pushed aside questions about the legitimacy of news reports alleging that deep nuclear and missile cooperation already exists between Iran and North Korea, he stressed that CIA officials are "not going to assume that's not going to happen." (Associated Press)

CIA watching for Iranian nuclear collaboration with rogue states like N. Korea

The Iran nuclear deal is silent on an issue that the CIA and proliferation experts are concerned about: that Tehran may outsource parts of its nuclear and missiles program to the secretive regime in North Korea, which on Tuesday committed itself to producing more fuel for nuclear bombs. Published September 15, 2015

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri is seen here in a still image from a web posting by the terrorist group's media arm, as-Sahab, on July 27, 2011. (Associated Press)

Al Qaeda leader calls for lone-wolf attacks in U.S., unity among terrorists

The latest audio recording from al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri contains the most explicit appeal to date for unity between rival jihadi groups worldwide, shedding new light on the complex, wary relations between Osama bin Laden's original terror network and the newer Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. Published September 14, 2015

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Microsoft woes dent U.S.-South Korea trade deal as Obama pushes Trans-Pacific Partnership

U.S. and South Korean officials signed a "memorandum of understanding" on antitrust issues in Washington, casting a spotlight on the inner workings of an increasingly complex trade relationship between the two nations that critics say has benefited Koreans far more than Americans since the Obama administration pushed through a much-touted free trade deal three years ago. Published September 13, 2015

President Vladimir Putin. (Associated Press)

Russia calls on world to back Syrian military

Despite pushback from Washington and NATO over the Russia's widening military buildup in Syria, Moscow is now calling on world powers to help arm government forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, calling them the "most efficient and powerful ground force" in the fight against the Islamic State. Published September 11, 2015

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, right, with CIA Director John Brennan, center, and FBI Director James Comey, left, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, before the House Intelligence Committee hearing on cyberthreats. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

FBI, CIA, NSA all say no 9/11 terror threat

The directors of the FBI, CIA and NSA said Thursday that U.S. intelligence officials have not identified any specific or credible threat to the American homeland in connection with Friday's 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Published September 10, 2015

Refugees walk along the railway tracks that connect Horgos and Szeged near the Hungary-Serbia border Tuesday. President Obama says the U.S. must do more to help the issue of Syrian refugees, but both Democrats and Republicans say he has been slow to act. (Associated Press)

U.S. under pressure as Syrian refugee crisis balloons

A top Republican lawmaker warned Wednesday President Obama may be preparing to open "the floodgates" for Syrian war refugees to enter the U.S., even as the administration's top spy said intelligence officials have a "huge concern" the Islamic State aims to hide terrorists among the waves of people fleeing the conflict in the heart of the Middle East. Published September 9, 2015

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, before the Senate Armed Services Committee to deliver the annual assessment by intelligence agencies of the top dangers facing the country. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

James Clapper: Islamic State could infiltrate U.S., West through migrants fleeing from Syria

America's top spy said Wednesday that U.S. intelligence officials have a "huge concern" about Islamic State's ability to infiltrate waves of Syrian war refugees flowing into Europe and potentially the United States as pressure mounts on Western nations to take in a growing number of people fleeing the conflict in the heart of the Middle East. Published September 9, 2015

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gives a press conference on the second anniversary of his election in Tehran on June 13, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Iran wants in on Syria peace talks

The president of Iran -- the top international backer of Syrian President Bashar Assad -- said Tuesday that if asked, his nation would willingly join in peace talks with the U.S. and other powers, including rival Saudi Arabia toward an end to Syria's civil war. Published September 8, 2015

President Obama's first stop will be to Saudi Arabia, where he will meet with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, after calling Persian Gulf states "free riders." (Associated Press/File)

King Salman of Saudi Arabia set to back Iran nuclear deal -- at a price

President Obama is set to receive an official, albeit reluctant nod of approval for the Iran nuclear deal when Saudi Arabia's new king visits the White House for the first time Friday, but analysts say it will come at a price as Riyadh seeks Washington's support for its increasingly anti-Iran foreign policy in the Middle East. Published September 3, 2015

This Aug. 4, 2015, file photo shows U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry waving after delivering a speech at Singapore Management University in Singapore. (Brendan Smialowski/Pool Photo via AP)

Jeff Duncan, a key lawmaker, demands full record of Iran negotiations be sent to Congress

A key Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee has asked the Obama administration to provide a full record of its negotiations with Iran relating to the nuclear deal reached this summer -- setting the stage for a new standoff between the White House and Congress as lawmakers prepare to vote on the deal during the coming weeks. Published September 3, 2015

President Obama's intense lobbying on Wednesday secured support from a 34th Senate Democrat, ensuring his Iranian nuclear deal will survive a veto battle with Congress. (Associated Press)

Obama secures votes to preserve Iran nuclear deal despite majority opposition

President Obama's intense lobbying on Wednesday secured support from a 34th Senate Democrat, ensuring his Iranian nuclear deal will survive a veto battle with Congress and setting into motion the extraordinary imposition of a foreign agreement over the objections of large numbers of voters and big majorities in both the House and Senate. Published September 2, 2015