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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

On the Decline: U.S. and allied forces have been making significant gains against the notorious Islamist terror group Boko Haram, but analysts believe the group would have been defeated long ago were it not for rampant Nigerian military corruption. (Associated Press)

Boko Haram 'on the defensive' as U.S., allies prepare to escalate fight

A high-level delegation of U.S. diplomats will huddle with their African counterparts in Nigeria this weekend in hopes of escalating the fight against Boko Haram, just as analysts say signs of real progress are finally emerging in the fight against the brutal jihadi terror group. Published May 12, 2016

Recep Tayyip Erdogan slams EU's demands in fight on terrorism

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out Tuesday at what he said was pressure from European Union leaders for his nation to ease its anti-terrorism laws, claiming that Europe — unlike Turkey — is provides refuge for groups that support terrorists. Published May 11, 2016

North Koreans carry umbrellas as they walk past the House of Culture, decorated in the colors and flags of their ruling party, the Workers' Party, in Pyongyang. Members of North Korea's ruling party have gathered in Pyongyang ahead of their biggest political conference in decades. (Associated Press photographs)

Workers' Party congress a choreographed power play for Kim Jong-un

North Korea will open Friday its once-in-a-generation party congress, a five-day spectacle of political theatrics in Pyongyang, where young dictator Kim Jong-un is expected take center stage for a final consolidation his power in the isolated and nuclear-armed nation. Published May 5, 2016

A flag bearer holds the American flag as American forces take part in the opening ceremony of Flintlock, anti-terrorism training in Thies, Senegal, Monday,  Feb. 8, 2016. Flintlock is annual military exercises  that focuses on anti-terrorism and security training by American and European security forces to country's taking part.  (AP Photo/Jane Hahn)

U.S. military currently unable to handle major crisis: Study

U.S. military readiness has deteriorated over the past year, according to a new study by a conservative think-tank that said the four service branches are unable to "meet their day-to-day requirements" and lack the "operational depth required to respond to a major crisis." Published May 4, 2016

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, gestures next to Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, left, during a meeting on Syria in Geneva, Switzerland, May 2, 2016. (Denis Balibouse/Pool Photo via AP)

John Kerry vows not to let Aleppo fall to Bashar Assad

Secretary of State John F. Kerry vowed Tuesday not to allow Syria's largest city and onetime moderate opposition stronghold of Aleppo to fall to the regime of Syrian president Bashar Assad -- even if that means abandoning the fragile cease-fire that U.S. officials have been trying to uphold in the war-torn nation. Published May 3, 2016

This image made from video released by militants in Libya claiming loyalty to the Islamic State group purportedly shows Egyptian Coptic Christians in orange jumpsuits being led along a beach, each accompanied by a masked militant. (Associated Press)

Religious freedom under 'sustained assault' around the world, report finds

Citing the Islamic State's attacks on Christians and other religious minorities, rising bigotry against Jews and Muslims in Europe and Beijing's campaign against churches in China, a new U.S. government report said Monday that attacks on religious freedom have grown measurably around the world over the past year. Published May 2, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Donald Trump's claims on ISIS and Libyan oil draw pushback from U.S. intel

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump's critics are homing in on apparent gaping contradictions in the foreign policy speech he gave Wednesday, including his assertion that the U.S. needs a more "consistent" foreign policy while also being "more unpredictable." Published April 28, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Trump's highly anticipated foreign policy speech Wednesday will test whether the Republican presidential front-runner, known for his raucous rallies and eyebrow-raising statements, can present a more presidential persona as he works to unite the GOP establishment behind him. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Donald Trump outlines 'America first' foreign policy vision

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump took a swipe at neoconservatism Wednesday, arguing in a major foreign policy address that the U.S. shouldn't be in the "nation-building business" and suggesting Washington should be more willing to work with unsavory regimes as long as doing so advances American interests and creates "stability in the world." Published April 27, 2016

President Barack Obama walks with Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., his nominee to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, after speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Obama chose the widely respected, combat-hardened commander who led the Afghanistan war coalition during a key transitional period during 2013-2014 to succeed Army Gen. Martin Dempsey. Walking behind them is Vice President Joe Biden. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Defense bill amendment targets Obama micromanagement, gives Pentagon leverage

A key congressional Republican hopes to use a major new defense bill to give the Pentagon more leverage in policy fights with President Obama's White House aides, following complaints from past defense chiefs that the West Wing has tried to micromanage the country's security and military. Published April 25, 2016

CIA Director John Brennan participates in the Senate Intelligence Committee's hearing on worldwide threats on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 9, 2016. (Associated Press) **FILE**

John Brennan, CIA chief, in Bosnia on unannounced counterterrorism visit

The Obama administration dispatched CIA Director John O. Brennan to Bosnia and Herzegovina for a series of counterterrorism meetings Friday amid ongoing concern among intelligence officials that the Islamic State terror group aims to open a front in southeastern Europe. Published April 22, 2016

A Chinese military refueling tanker flies with fighter jets during a parade commemorating the 70th anniversary of Japan's surrender during World War II held in front of Tiananmen Gate in Beijing on Sept. 3, 2015. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Japan fighter jet 'scrambles' double in response to China

The number of times that Japan's Air Self-Defense Force rushed its fighter jets into the air to respond to Chinese military muscle flexing in North Asia has increased dramatically during recent months. Published April 22, 2016

FILE - In this Friday, March 4, 2016 file photo, Russian fighter jets and bombers are parked at Hemeimeem air base in Syria. Russian warplanes have mostly stayed on the ground since the Russian- and U.S.-brokered cease-fire has begun last weekend. Russia's defense ministry said Tuesday, March 15, 2016, that the first group of warplanes stationed at the Russian air base in Syria has left for home following a pullout order from President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)

Bob Corker, key GOP lawmaker: Syria cease-fire is 'dead'

A key Republican lawmaker on foreign policy says the U.S.-backed cease-fire in Syria is "effectively dead" and that the time has come for serious debate on whatever "plan B" the Obama administration has for responding to the nation's 6-year-old civil war. Published April 21, 2016

In his most extensive public appearance in years, Fidel Castro told Tuesday's congress in a valedictory speech to continue fighting for their communist ideals, regardless of the fact that he, himself, is nearing the end of this life. (Associated Press)

Cuba's Communists dig in despite Obama's outreach

Critics of President Obama's diplomatic outreach to Cuba are claiming vindication this week as the island nation's Communist Party hard-liners — cheered on by an 89-year-old Fidel Castro — moved to cement their grip on power after Mr. Castro's brother Raul steps down in two years. Published April 20, 2016

Afghan security forces inspect the site of a Taliban-claimed deadly suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday that killed 28 people. (Associated Press)

Taliban suicide attack in Kabul renews debate on Afghanistan troop cuts

A devastating Taliban suicide attack that killed at least 28 people and wounded more than 300 others Tuesday in the heart of Kabul has sent concerns soaring that Afghanistan's struggling security forces will be overmatched in the summer fighting season, which many believe will be among the bloodiest on record. Published April 19, 2016