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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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Paris residents captured chilling video images after an attack at a French satirical newspaper. French officials are dealing with challenges of an evolving terrorist group. (Associated Press)

France fears more terrorists still at large after Charlie Hebdo attack

French authorities said Monday that as many as six members of a terrorist sleeper cell involved in last week's attack on a satirical magazine in Paris may still be at large, as U.S. officials investigated the actual role played by al Qaeda's main affiliate in the Middle East. Published January 12, 2015

Greek Cypriots cast a suspicious eye on the Cypriot gas pipeline project, as the EU selected a plan that went out of its way to exclude Turkish participation. (associated press)

Cypriot union threatened by dispute over oil and gas rights

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: A top official from the Turkish north of Cyprus says the Greek Cypriot government has jeopardized a delicate peace process between the two long-divided sides by pursuing "hegemony" over oil and gas exploration operations in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Published January 11, 2015

David Cohen, the Treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, talks about actions the Treasury Department is taking to combat financing for the Islamic State group during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington on Oct. 23, 2014. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Obama tabs Treasury Department official as CIA deputy director

A top Treasury Department official seen as a key architect of the Obama administration's use of sanctions against Iran and several terrorist organizations including the Islamic State has been tapped by the president to serve as deputy director of the CIA. Published January 9, 2015

People light candles as they pay tribute to victims of the attack against the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, in front of the French embassy in Budapest, Hungary, on Thursday, a day after 12 people were slain by two armed men who stormed the Paris offices of the magazine. Inscriptions read "I am Charlie". (Associated Press)

Paris newspaper attack underscores terrorist shift to 'soft targets'

Where the al Qaeda of Osama bin Laden's leadership flew an airplane into the Pentagon in a meticulously prepared operation, the tip of today's global jihadi spear is increasingly pointed at exploiting such "soft targets" as shopping malls, sporting events, tourist attractions and, in the case of this week's horror in Paris, the office of a satirical news magazine. Published January 8, 2015

A still from a home video shows gunmen firing their weapons outside the newspaper Charlie Hebdo's Paris office. (Associated Press)

Paris newspaper shooting exposes rift in Muslim-Europe relationships

The grisly Islamist terrorist assault that left 12 people dead at a French satirical magazine Wednesday came against a backdrop of mounting xenophobia and tension boiling over Western Europe, where traditionally secular societies are struggling to absorb surging Muslim immigrant populations that analysts say will only continue to grow in the years ahead. Published January 7, 2015

From the Islamic State's circulation on social media of photos depicting a so-called "cyclops baby" to its fixation on a Syrian town where the prophecies say the final battle will occur, analysts say the group's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is tapping mythology to convince his followers that the apocalypse has already begun. (Associated Press)

Apocalypse prophecies drive Islamic State strategy, recruiting efforts

Leaders of the Islamic State movement in Syria and Iraq are infatuated with apocalyptic Muslim prophecies foretelling a titanic final battle of good and evil that even involves the re-emergence of Jesus Christ to join their cause at the end of time in the Middle East. Published January 5, 2015

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto is under fire for doing little to uncover the whereabouts of 43 missing university students and facing accusations of cronyism. (Associated Press)

Plagued by scandal, can Mexico's Pena implement reforms?

Mexico's once-ultrapopular President Enrique Pena Nieto has become so scandal-plagued that questions are swirling in Washington on whether his government will be capable in 2015 of implementing such groundbreaking reforms as the U.S.-supported and politically delicate privatization of the nation's oil sector. Published December 29, 2014

Acehnese women visit the Tsunami Museum in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, the worst-hit region of the 2004 tsunami. (Associated Press)

Indonesia has iffy peace 10 years after tsunami

Lina Herlina was 19 years old when the massive coffee-colored wall of water came grinding up from the sea to wipe scores of houses and buildings clean off their foundations and kill more than half of this city's population in a matter of minutes. Published December 25, 2014

Sliding oil prices leave socialist Venezuela on brink of financial collapse

The ongoing plunge in global oil prices is pushing Venezuela toward economic collapse just as President Nicolas Maduro — the hand-picked successor to the late socialist Hugo Chavez — faces mounting international criticism for jailing opposition figures after months of street protests. Published December 25, 2014

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (Associated Press) ** FILE **

U.S. coy about North Korea Internet failure as retaliation speculation swirls

The U.N. Security Council took the groundbreaking step of placing North Korea's bleak human rights record in the official spotlight Monday, as speculation surged that Washington has now secretly hacked into — and effectively brought to a halt — Pyongyang's Internet infrastructure in apparent retaliation for the Asian nation's suspected cyberattack on Sony Pictures. Published December 22, 2014

Central Intelligence Director Director John Brennan gestures during a news conference at CIA Headquarters in Langley, Va., Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

CIA urged to build rapport with terrorists to extract intelligence

In building a case for their sweeping conclusion that the CIA's enhanced interrogation techniques were simply "not effective" during the years after 9/11, Senate Democrats cited in their report example after example in which another tactic, known as "rapport-building," succeeded in extracting valuable intelligence from al Qaeda suspects. Published December 21, 2014

Indonesian Armed Forces Chief Gen. Moeldoko said that the threat now presents an opportunity for the U.S.-Indonesian military relationship to expand (Associated Press)

Indonesia wants to aid U.S. in Islamic State fight, top military commander says

Indonesia's top military commander said in an interview that the world's most populous Muslim nation sees the Islamic State movement in Syria and Iraq as a grave threat to the world and that Jakarta wants to increase coordination with Washington to counter the radical group's rise in Southeast Asia. Published December 18, 2014

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, Michigan Republican, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 6, 2013. (Associated Press) **FILE**

House intel chief: Threats rising, Obama failing in terror war

The outgoing head of the House Intelligence Committee said Friday that the U.S. under President Obama is not doing enough to combat terrorism around the world and that the threat posed by extremist Islamic militants today is as great as it has been at any time since before 9/11. Published December 12, 2014

Central Intelligence Director (CIA) Director John Brennan gestures during a news conference at CIA Headquarters in Langley, Va., Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Brennan is pushing back hard against the wave of criticism following a Senate Intelligence Committee report detailing harsh interrogation tactics employed by intelligence community people against terrorism war-era detainees. Brennan and several past CIA leaders fear the historical record may define them as torturers instead of patriots. The CIA is now in the uncomfortable position of defending itself publicly, given its basic mission to protect the country secretly. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

John Brennan, CIA director, calls Senate report on interrogations 'flawed'

CIA Director John O. Brennan on Thursday criticized Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Democrats for producing a "flawed" report on enhanced interrogation techniques that failed to interview key personnel about their decisions, offering a half-throated defense of the defunct program that he maintained had provided valuable information used to thwart terror attacks and track down terrorists. Published December 11, 2014

Retired Marine Gen. John Allen during a November 2012 press conference (File/Associated Press).

U.S. 'very closely' monitoring worldwide spread of Islamic State

President Obama's top adviser overseeing the coalition fighting the Islamic State said Thursday that U.S. officials are "very closely" monitoring the potential spread of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's extremist movement beyond Syria and Iraq, especially as international efforts ramp up toward crushing the group in those two nations. Published December 11, 2014

Rep. Ted Poe, Texas Republican. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

House criticizes White House on Islamic State progress

Sparks flew at a hearing on Capitol Hill on Wednesday when a key Republican accused the White House of "dithering" in its strategy for destroying the Islamic State group, while a top administration official argued the fight is in only its "earliest phase" and that progress is likely to be "uneven going forward." Published December 10, 2014

This undated file image posted on a militant website on Jan. 4, 2014, which is consistent with other AP reporting, shows Shakir Waheib, a senior member of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), now called the Islamic State group, left, next to a burning police vehicle in Iraq's Anbar Province. (AP Photo via militant website, File)

Qatar allows money to flow to Islamic State, other terrorists: report

The government of Qatar continues to willfully turn a blind eye to individuals channeling money to al Qaeda-affiliated groups across the Middle East, as well as to Islamic State extremists in Syria and Iraq, despite joining a U.S.-led military coalition battling the group, according to a report released Wednesday by a think tank in Washington. Published December 10, 2014

Push Back: CIA Director John O. Brennan claims the interrogation techniques used by the CIA post 9/11 saved American lives. (Associated Press)

CIA refutes 'torture report,' says interrogation tactics thwarted terror plots

The CIA hit back angrily against the findings of the long-awaited "torture report" by Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday by claiming that the techniques used on terror suspects after 9/11 yielded "valuable and unique intelligence" that helped disrupt future attacks and directly aided in the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Published December 9, 2014