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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

This authenticated image from Aug. 21 purports to show several bodies being buried during a funeral in a suburb of Damascus after a chemical weapon was used against civilians. (Shaam News Network via Associated Press)

Obama warned of earlier sarin attacks in Syria, stayed mum until deaths hit masses

Well before last month's sarin nerve gas attack in a Damascus suburb, the Obama administration had gathered intelligence that chemical weapons had been used in Syria on multiple occasions but did not take action because there were debates about who was responsible and there was little public outcry, according to officials familiar with the intelligence. Published September 16, 2013

** FILE ** This Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009, file photo shows Syrian President Bashar Assad, seen, during a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, unseen, at the presidency in Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

ANALYSIS: Deal with Russians legitimizes Assad; raises prospect of partitioning Syria

The U.S.-Russia agreement to compel Syria to account for and destroy its chemical weapons completes what foreign policy insiders say is a dangerous about-face by the Obama administration — flipping from demanding Syrian President Bashar Assad's resignation to now legitimizing him as the lynchpin player in a tenuous deal. Published September 14, 2013

This authenticated image from Aug. 21 purports to show several bodies being buried during a funeral in a suburb of Damascus after a chemical weapon was used against civilians. (Shaam News Network via Associated Press)

U.S. can't prove Bashar Assad approved chemical attacks in Syria

U.S. intelligence has yet to uncover evidence that Syrian President Bashar Assad directly ordered the chemical attacks last month on civilians in a suburb of Damascus, though the consensus inside U.S. agencies and Congress is that members of Mr. Assad's inner circle likely gave the command, officials tell The Washington Times. Published September 11, 2013

Analysts counter claims on number of al Qaeda among Syrian rebels

Al Qaeda-linked groups operating alongside Syria's rebels are growing stronger, analysts told Congress on Tuesday, countering recent claims by the Obama administration and some senior lawmakers that extremists are playing only a marginal role in the civil war. Published September 10, 2013

**FILE** Rep. Michael McCaul, Texas Republican and House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct ranking member (Associated Press)

Lawmaker warns: Chaos from Assad fall could give al Qaeda chemical weapons

Should Syrian President Bashar Assad's government come apart chaotically — a possible ramification of U.S. military strikes — the risk is high that al Qaeda-linked groups among Syria's opposition forces could gain access to the nation's lethal chemical weapons stocks, the head of the House Homeland Security Committee warned Tuesday. Published September 10, 2013

**FILE** In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a Syrian military solider fires a heavy machine gun during clashes with rebels in Maaloula village, northeast of the capital Damascus, Syria, on Sept. 7, 2013. (Associated Press)

Al Qaeda's strength with Syrian rebels now being downplayed

The Obama administration has started to rebrand Syria's rebels by de-emphasizing the number of al Qaeda fighters among them — a move critics say is based on questionable intelligence designed to downplay the risks associated with a U.S. military strike on the regime of President Bashar Assad. Published September 9, 2013

President Obama gestures while speaking during a Civil Society Roundtable with Russian gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender activists on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, in St. Petersburg. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

What U.N.? Obama runs Bush playbook by assembling coalition of the willing

President Obama's stated willingness to go it alone on Syria surprises those who followed him during the previous administration, when, as a senator, he derided George W. Bush's commitment to multilateralism and questioned his "coalition of the willing" in Iraq. Published September 8, 2013

State Dept. names David Satterfield temporary new top diplomat to Egypt

The State Department assigned a new chief of diplomatic affairs to the U.S. Embassy in Cairo on Friday, announcing the departure of current Ambassador Anne Patterson, who has served at the embassy during a the tumultuous past two years and has now been nominated to become assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs. Published August 30, 2013

Strike on Syria would bring Iran into the mix

The possibility of an imminent U.S. military strike on Syria brings with it real danger that Iran-backed Hezbollah might respond by sending rockets into Israel — or that Israel might exploit the development to conduct strikes of its own against Iran, Middle East analysts monitoring the situation said Thursday. Published August 29, 2013

** FILE ** A satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe and the Institute for Science and International Security shows the military complex at Parchin, Iran, about 19 miles southeast of Tehran, in August 2004. (AP Photo/DigitalGlobe and the Institute for Science and International Security)

Iran's nuclear progress prompts call for tighter sanctions from top Democrat

The top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee said Wednesday that new findings by the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency show the need for Washington to significantly broaden U.S. sanctions on Iran in order to prevent the Islamic republic from developing a nuclear weapon. Published August 28, 2013

Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican (Associated Press)

4 sent back to work after missteps on Benghazi

Secretary of State John F. Kerry has reinstated four employees implicated in security lapses from last year's terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, drawing sharp rebukes Tuesday from leading Republicans who said the moves mean nobody has been fired or held accountable. Published August 20, 2013

A supporter of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi clashes with security forces in Cairo's Nasr City district. (Associated Press)

Obama's foreign policy fails to gain footing in renewed Middle East

The Middle East pro-democracy movement hailed over the past two years as the Arab Spring was transformed Wednesday when the military junta now controlling Egypt opened a bloody assault on protesters — a Tiananmen Square-style crackdown that seemed to expose the limits of American diplomatic power to pursue lofty goals once envisioned for the region. Published August 14, 2013

** FILE ** In this 2013 file photo, House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, deemed Mr. Snowden "a traitor" for disclosing information that "puts Americans at risk" and "shows our adversaries what our capabilities are." (Associated Press)

NSA leaker Edward Snowden heats up simmering security debate to boil

Some call him a patriot whistleblower, while others say he is neither patriot nor whistleblower — and may be even a traitor. Either way, Edward Snowden has become a Rorschach test for how Americans young and old see their government and how it balances security with privacy. Published August 14, 2013