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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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** FILE ** U.S. Pacific Command's Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, talks to the media following a session on "Security Outlook" in the ongoing World Economic Forum on East Asia Friday, May 23, 2014, at the financial district of Makati city east of Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Top U.S. admiral slams China, accuses Beijing of creating instability

The top admiral in charge of U.S. military operations in Asia lambasted China this week, accusing Chinese leaders of actively fomenting instability in the South and East China seas instead of using their expanding economic and military power to create sustainable security in the region. Published August 29, 2014

Hamas supporters gather for a rally in Gaza City, Gaza Strip. Evidence has pointed to Iran continuing to funnel weapons to the Palestinian side of the conflict with Israel. (Associated Press)

Despite sanctions relief, Iran aids Hamas with missile technology

When President Obama announced last year the easing of U.S. sanctions on Iran in return for concessions on its nuclear program, he cautiously hailed the deal as a "real opportunity to achieve a comprehensive, peaceful settlement" with Tehran. But while both countries work overtime on thorny nuclear issues, fresh evidence suggests Iran continues to support the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas, which went to war anew this summer with Israel. Published August 18, 2014

Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community gather at a park near the Turkey-Iraq border at the Ibrahim al-Khalil crossing, as they try to cross to Turkey, in Zakho, 300 miles (475 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. The European Union on Friday forged a unified response to the rapid advance of Islamic militants in Iraq and the resulting refugee crisis, allowing direct arms deliveries to Kurdish fighters battling the Sunni insurgents, while several EU nations pledged more humanitarian aid. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Kurdish diplomat debunks Yazidi claims of exploitation

The top Kurdish diplomat in Washington pushed back assertively Friday against comments this week by a group of Yazidi-Americans, who had expressed fears about a growing U.S. and European strategy to channel Western military hardware to Kurdish militias in the fight against Islamic State extremists in northern Iraq. Published August 15, 2014

FILE - In this Friday, March 26, 2010 file photo, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki speaks to the press in Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq's Nouri al-Maliki has given up his post as prime minister to Haider al-Abadi, state television reported Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 — a move that could end a political deadlock that plunged Baghdad into uncertainty as the country fights a Sunni militant insurgency. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File)

Iraq's Nouri al-Maliki resigns as prime minister amid chaos

Embattled Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki stepped down Thursday, ending a stalemate that had worsened Baghdad's political chaos in recent weeks and crippled the nation's ability to quell a surge of extremist Sunni militants. Published August 14, 2014

desperation: Displaced Yazidi Iraqis gather for food at the Nowruz camp in Derike, Syria. While the U.S. and Iraqi militaries have given food and water, the Kurds took it on themselves to rescue them, a sign of how Syria's Kurds are using the conflict to establish their own rule. (Associated Press)

U.S. Yazidis wary of arming Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq

A clutch of Yazidi-Americans closely tied to the minority group under siege in northern Iraq say they are wary of the Obama administration and its European allies' embrace of a poorly defined effort to arm Kurdish fighters in the Sinjar Mountains. Published August 13, 2014

** FILE ** In this Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, file photo, French President Francois Hollande delivers his speech at his annual news conference, at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Authorities say the mother of a pupil at a French preschool stabbed a teacher to death in front of her class Friday, July 4, 2014, the last day of the school year. Hollande expressed outrage at "this abominable drama" at the Edouard Herriot school in Albi in southern France. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

France to send military hardware in support of Kurdish rebels

France said it would begin rushing military hardware to Kurdish rebels Iraq on Wednesday, the latest in mounting European support for an increasingly militarized and multinational campaign against al Qaeda-inspired extremists in northern Iraq. Published August 13, 2014

Pros and cons: "Mainland China is our largest land of opportunities, but they are the largest single, potential source of threat for us," says Shen Lyu-shun, Taiwan's top representative to the U.S. (Lloyd Villas/The Washington Times)

Taiwan's top diplomat seeks U.S. help in emerging from China's shadow

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: The top Taiwanese diplomat in Washington made a passionate plea Monday for U.S. leaders to more vocally support Taiwan's inclusion in key Western-backed institutions on the world stage — especially as the tiny island democracy engages in increasingly complex economic ties with China. Published August 11, 2014

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