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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 Nasr missile is loaded on a military vehicle during the Pakistan National Day parade in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, March 23, 2015. (Associated Press)

Pakistan's air force chief denies China helped military acquire armed drones

Reports that China helped Pakistan's military acquire armed drones are wrong, according to the head of the Pakistani air force, who said engineers in his nation developed the technology on their own and Washington should increase coordination with Islamabad to target and eliminate al Qaeda and other terrorist groups. Published October 5, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin is engaging with the world community. He said he wants to be remembered as the man who restored his country's greatness. (Associated Press)

Putin's power: Russian president keeps tumultuous world guessing

Moscow's bombings in Syria, coupled with Vladimir Putin's railing against the U.S. at the United Nations General Assembly last week, have thrust the Russian president into the global spotlight and rejuvenated debate over the extent to which he is an evil geopolitical genius, a strategically brilliant hustler -- or some combination of both. Published October 4, 2015

Without clearer American leadership and backing, said Awan Riak, a top adviser to South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit, the cycle of violence that has gripped the country since it achieved independence will only continue.

U.S. has obligation to support struggling South Sudan, top diplomat says

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: The struggling government of South Sudan says the U.S. must do more to support the democracy it helped create in the nation four years ago, asserting that the Obama administration and the international community are unfairly blaming the leadership in Juba for dragging its feet on a peace deal with rebels in the country's civil war. Published October 1, 2015

CIA Director John Brennan speaks during a news conference at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., in this Dec. 11, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

CIA goes live with new cyber directorate, massive internal reorganization

The CIA officially launched its new cyber-focused directorate Thursday, capping a massive internal reorganization that intelligence officials say will also include the agency's first ever creation of six regional command centers aimed at streamlining U.S. spying activities across the globe. Published October 1, 2015

Smoke rises after airstrikes in western Syria in this image by Homs Media Centre, which has been verified by AP reporting. (Associated Press)

Russia airstrikes in Syria alarm Obama critics

Russia followed its launch of airstrikes in Syria with a call Wednesday for the world to unite and form a coalition in the fight against terrorist groups, raising concerns that the Obama administration was caught flatfooted and prompting calls for President Obama to "wake up" and reassert American leadership in the Middle East. Published September 30, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton (Associated Press/File)

Big-name Clinton campaign donors keep distance from foundation celebration

There was some overlap between the guest list at this week's annual Clinton Global Initiative summit in New York and the list of supporters for Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign. But the more telling development was how many no-shows there were -- as Mrs. Clinton's biggest backers apparently stayed away in an attempt to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest. Published September 30, 2015

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry attends the United Nations Security Council, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, at the U.N. headquarters. During the meeting, Kerry delivered remarks encouraging the international community to end the conflict in Syria. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)

John Kerry: U.S. open to Russia hitting Islamic State in Syria

Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Wednesday the Obama administration is "prepared to welcome" the Russian military's bombardment of al Qaeda and Islamic State targets in Syria, but will continue for the ouster of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Published September 30, 2015

This undated file image posted on a militant website on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows fighters from the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), now called the Islamic State group, marching in Raqqa, Syria. (AP Photo/Militant Website, File)

Obama admin sanctions ISIS facilitators, attempts to cut terror group's funding

The Obama administration said Tuesday that it has identified 15 key Islamic State facilitators with a range of backgrounds -- from Yemen to the U.K., Indonesia, Bosnia, Pakistan, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia -- and will level sanctions against them with the goal of blocking their and the terrorist group's access to the international financial system. Published September 29, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in his U.N. speech, aims to project power and poke a geopolitical finger in America's eye, intelligence sources say. (Associated Press)

Putin's plans for Russian military in Syria has U.N., Obama on edge

Vladimir Putin's speech Monday is shaping up to be biggest of this year's U.N. General Assembly, as Obama administration officials brace for the Russian leader to lambaste their failed Syria policy and call on the world to get behind his plan for saving the war-torn Middle East from the clutches of the Islamic State. Published September 27, 2015

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