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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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An F/A-18C Hornet takes off for Iraq from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 in the Persian Gulf. Aircrafts aboard the George H.W. Bush are flying missions over Iraq after U.S. President Barack Obama authorized airstrikes against Islamic militants and food drops for Iraqis trapped by the fighters. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

U.S. airstrikes help Iraqi Kurds reclaim land from Islamic State militants

Kurdish forces backed by U.S. airstrikes succeeded Sunday in expelling Islamic State fighters from two northern Iraqi towns, but the developments did little to appease Obama administration critics who say the White House lacks a coherent long-term strategy for beating back the growing al Qaeda-inspired militancy in the war-torn nation. Published August 10, 2014

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks about the situation in Iraq in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington. Obama, after years of resisting the pull of more Mideast conflicts, has sent the military back into action in Iraq, where he once accused his predecessor of waging a "dumb war." U.S. planes on Friday bombed Islamic militants who were towing artillery outside Irbil near U.S. personnel, the Pentagon said. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Analysts doubt U.S. strikes will do the job in Iraq

President Obama's authorization of air strikes in Iraq has triggered unease among high-level former U.S. officials who say the administration still lacks a coherent strategy for beating back the growing al Qaeda-inspired militancy in the war-torn nation. Published August 8, 2014

A pro-Russian rebel holds a gun passing by plane wreckage as members of the OSCE mission to Ukraine arrive for a media briefing at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda) ** FIL E**

U.S. intelligence nearly certain pro-Russian separatists downed flight

U.S. intelligence officials say they are now nearly certain it was pro-Russian separatists who fired the SA-11 antiaircraft missile that downed a Malaysia Airlines flight last week, and that the separatists likely did not know they had hit a commercial airliner until after it had slammed to the ground. Published July 22, 2014

Ron Dermer, Israel's new ambassador to U.S., has presented his credentials to President Obama. Mr. Dermer started developing close ties with Republicans when he worked with party strategist Frank Luntz in the 1994 congressional campaigns. (Twitter/@AmbDermer) ** FILE **

Israel's ambassador praises Obama, slams Human Rights Watch report

Israel's ambassador to the United States praised the Obama administration for standing in support of the now two-week-old Israeli military campaign against the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas on Tuesday, despite calls this week by President Obama for a cease-fire. Published July 22, 2014

Israeli soldiers carry the coffin of Sgt. Nissim Sean Carmeli during his funeral in Haifa, Israel. Sgt. Carmeli, of Texas, was killed in fighting on Sunday. (Associated Press)

U.S. scrambles as violence escalates in Israel-Hamas conflict

With diplomats from Middle Eastern states and several outside powers scrambling to stem the spiraling Israeli-Palestinian crisis on Monday, President Obama called for a cease-fire and cited "serious concerns" about the rising toll of dead on both sides. Published July 21, 2014


Army: Bergdahl returned to active duty

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who spent nearly five years as a Taliban captive in Afghanistan, was returned to regular duty Monday, a development that one key lawmaker said keeps open the possibility that he may be charged in a military court martial with deserting his unit in Afghanistan in 2009. Published July 14, 2014

President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Associated Press/File)

Germany demands ouster of U.S. spy chief

The German government has taken the eye-opening step of formally requesting that the top U.S. intelligence official in Berlin leave the nation, amid ongoing friction between Washington and German authorities over eavesdropping by the U.S. National Security Agency. Published July 10, 2014

Israeli missile strikes in Gaza on Tuesday could be the start of a long-term offensive against the Hamas-ruled territory. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas appealed for calm, and President Obama wrote an op-ed calling for a "comprehensive negotiated settlement." (Associated Press)

Obama backs Israel's strikes on Hamas after assault on civilians

Rising tensions in the Gaza Strip have put President Obama's sometimes rocky relationship with Israel back in the spotlight and afforded the administration an opportunity to back a growing military crackdown on Hamas for its spate of rocket attacks against Israeli civilians. Published July 8, 2014

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is shown in a video delivering a sermon Friday at the Grand Mosque in Mosul, Iraq. His sudden public appearance after years of building and running his militant operations from hideouts suggests growing confidence in his security. (Associated Press)

ISIL leader emerges in sign of bravado as Iraqi government flounders

U.S. intelligence officials confirmed Monday that the shadowy leader of a Sunni terrorist group wreaking havoc in Iraq made a rare public appearance in Mosul last week — a display that signals the militants' growing confidence in their gains even as the country's divided political blocs failed to reach consensus on a new government to counter the al Qaeda-inspired extremists. Published July 7, 2014

A burned Iraqi army vehicle on a street after clashes between followers of Shiite cleric Mahmoud al-Sarkhi and ISIL in Karbala. (Associated Press)

Pentagon draws red line on Iraqi attack

The Pentagon came as close as it has to date on Thursday to identifying a red line that would need to be crossed for the Obama administration to justify an aggressive U.S. military attack on the al Qaeda-inspired extremists who have declared a new Islamic state spanning the border between Syria and Iraq. Published July 3, 2014

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters take their position along the front line with militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Demonstrating their growing independence from the rest of Iraq, the largely autonomous Kurdish regional government is setting up dirt barriers that it hopes ultimately will set the borders of a future state. (Associated Press)

Iraqi Kurds seek independence but with voice in Baghdad

Top Kurdish officials walked a rhetorical tightrope Wednesday, telling a Washington audience that they are pushing for an independent state while not closing off ties with the embattled central government in Baghdad, as Iraq's prime minister warned that al Qaeda-inspired militants posed a threat to every country in the region. Published July 2, 2014

Exiled Iranians gathered in Villepinte, France, to listen to Maryam Rajavi, the leader of the National Council of Resistance of Iran. (Associated Press)

Rally of strange bedfellows : To change Iran, U.S. group backs former 'terrorists'

An array of high-level former U.S. officials, both Democrats and Republicans, were in France over the weekend calling for regime change in Iran and throwing their collective weight behind an Iranian dissident group once designated as a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union. Published June 29, 2014

In this photo taken Monday, June 23, 2014, fighters of the al Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) parade in a commandeered Iraqi security forces vehicle down a main road at the northern city of Mosul, Iraq, more than two weeks after ISIL took over the country's second largest city. (AP Photo)

Iraq's crisis threatens to turn into regional war

Iraq's sectarian crisis is threatening to evolve into a regional war as Washington's two main adversaries in the Middle East — Syria and Iran — mount a military response to Sunni extremists who have seized swaths of Iraqi territory over the past three weeks. Published June 26, 2014