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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

In this image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video)

Congress twice rejected release of Taliban from Gitmo in trade for Bergdahl

President Obama's aides met with unanimous opposition from Congress when they first raised the possibility of releasing five Taliban guerrillas from Guantanamo Bay in 2011 and 2012, and administration officials publicly and repeatedly vowed to return to Capitol Hill before making any final moves. Published June 4, 2014

Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., listens at right as the committee's Vice Chairman Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 3, 2014, following a closed-door committee briefing.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Clinton promised to consult Hill on Gitmo swaps

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrote a letter to leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees in January 2012, assuring them that the decision to release five former Taliban commanders from Guantanamo Bay would only be made "after consultation with Congress." Published June 4, 2014

Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, California Republican and chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, has included in the defense budget an order for the Army to consider ready-made systems for processing battlefield data. (Associated Press)

White House defends keeping Congress in dark on Bergdahl

White House security advisers pushed back for a second time Tuesday against Republican claims that President Obama overstepped the bounds of executive authority by not informing Congress about the deal being cut with the Taliban to releasing five Guantanamo inmates in exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Published June 3, 2014

 Photo illustration with U.S. Army shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and a U.S. military sniper.

Pentagon knew Bergdahl's whereabouts but didn't risk rescue for 'deserter'

EXCLUSIVE: The Pentagon knew where Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was being held captive — down to how many gunmen were guarding him — but special operators shelved rescue missions because they didn't want to risk casualties for a man they believed to be a "deserter." Published June 2, 2014

A MQ-9 Reaper, armed with GBU-12 Paveway II laser guided munitions and AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, is piloted by Col. Lex Turner during a mission over southern Afghanistan. (USAF via Associated Press)

Obama's Afghanistan pullout may end domination of drones

President Obama's call to cut the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan to 5,000 troops in 18 months will end an era of American drone superiority over the region and jeopardize hard-fought gains against al Qaeda just as the terrorist movement's original core is rising again, former senior defense officials and national security sources say. Published May 29, 2014

Deborah Peter, center, holds up a sign, flanked by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif. right, and the committee's ranking member Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y. during a pre-hearing medial availability on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Peter, is a sole survivor of a Dec. 11, 2011, Boko Haram attack on her household, where her father and brother were killed for not renouncing their Christian faith.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Obama sending troops to help search for Nigerian schoolgirls

The Obama administration deepened the U.S. military's involvement in the battle to contain the terrorist group Boko Haram Wednesday, announcing the deployment of 80 American troops to help in the search for more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the shadowy Nigeria-based Islamist group last month. Published May 21, 2014

Afghan security personnel gets the area under control after Taliban fighters stormed a government building in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, May 12, 2014. Taliban fighters stormed a government building in eastern Afghanistan after killing two police guards on Monday, the most serious in a wave of attacks marking the start of the insurgents' annual spring offensive. In the Taliban heartland in the south, an attack on a police checkpoint in Helmand province killed several policemen.  (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Al Qaeda runs shadow army in Afghanistan; Taliban on verge of surge

Al Qaeda is operating a "shadow army" inside Afghanistan to conceal its numbers and the scope of its operations, while the Taliban is on the verge of major resurgence as U.S. military forces prepare to depart, former senior Pentagon officials and leading counterterrorism analysts told Congress on Tuesday. Published May 20, 2014

In this photo taken on Monday, May 19, 2014.  Martha Mark, the mother of kidnapped school girl Monica Mark cries as she display her photo, in the family house, in Chibok, Nigeria. More than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped from a school in Chibok in Nigeria's north-eastern state of Borno on April 14. Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the act. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Hill to hear from survivor of Boko Haram terror

A 15-year-old Nigerian girl will appear on Capitol Hill Wednesday to tell lawmakers the harrowing story of how she survived when three armed men belonging to the shadowy Islamist group Boko Haram murdered her father and brother in front of her at point-blank range. Published May 20, 2014

Indicted: Five members of an elite Chinese army group have been charged with conspiracy to commit computer fraud and abuse. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. accuses them of hacking U.S. corporations and labor organizations. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

U.S. hacking indictments escalate tension with China

The Justice Department's indictments of five Chinese army officials accused of hacking U.S. companies escalated cybersecurity tensions between Washington and Beijing on Monday and opened what some analysts and U.S. lawmakers called a new phase in the confrontation between the world's two most powerful nations. Published May 19, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder announces a criminal indictment against five Chinese military hackers for cyber espionage at a press conference at the Department of Justice headquarters in Washington on May 19, 2014. The five hackers are identified as Wen Xinyu, Wang Dong, Sun Kailiang, Huang Zhenyu, and Gu Chunhui and are charged with targeting U.S. corporations and labor organizations for commercial advantage. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

China whacks Justice Dept.'s 'ungrounded and absurd' hacking charges

China slammed the U.S. Monday for indicting five Chinese Army officials on hacking charges, saying Washington's move was "ungrounded and absurd" and that Beijing is responding by halting participation in joint cyber talks pursued by officials from both sides over the past year. Published May 19, 2014

Two Russian banks, including Bank Rossiya, the lender that was put on the U.S. Treasury's sanctions list, said Visa and MasterCard have stopped providing services to them. Bank Rossiya is a private bank owned by Yuri Kovalchuk, considered to be Russian President Vladimir Putin's longtime friend and banker. With about $10 billion in assets, Rossiya ranks as the 17th-largest bank in Russia and maintains numerous ties to banks in the United States, Europe and elsewhere. (Associated Press)

U.S. corporate giants fear blowback from sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

The Obama administration claims it can use economic sanctions to punish Russian aggression in Eastern Europe, but the strategy has quickly run into problems, say analysts, who note that too aggressive a move by the White House could result in blowback on major American companies with close ties to the Russian economy. Published May 13, 2014

The pro-Russian gunmen surrounded a military base in Donetsk, Ukraine, Tuesday and said they were holding negotiations with commanders inside to ensure that they did not join forces with government-allied groups. (ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS)

Echoes of Russia's Crimea strategy seen in Slovyansk, Odessa

Moscow's strategy in the eastern Ukrainian of Slovyansk and Odessa is "identical" to how it precipitated the swift annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in March, the Obama administration's top official on the region said Tuesday. Published May 6, 2014

A pro-Ukrainian self defense unit performs weapons exercises at  their training ground outside Donetsk, Ukraine. Sen. Bob Corker, Tennessee Republican, proposed legislation that would call on President Obama to provide the Ukrainian military with "direct military assistance." (associated press)

Republicans push for bill to allow military aid to Ukraine

A group of Senate Republicans called on the Obama administration Wednesday to take more aggressive steps toward containing Russian President Vladimir Putin and preventing military aggression in Eastern Europe. Published May 4, 2014