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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

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

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Microsoft woes dent U.S.-South Korea trade deal as Obama pushes Trans-Pacific Partnership

U.S. and South Korean officials signed a "memorandum of understanding" on antitrust issues in Washington, casting a spotlight on the inner workings of an increasingly complex trade relationship between the two nations that critics say has benefited Koreans far more than Americans since the Obama administration pushed through a much-touted free trade deal three years ago. Published September 13, 2015

President Vladimir Putin. (Associated Press)

Russia calls on world to back Syrian military

Despite pushback from Washington and NATO over the Russia's widening military buildup in Syria, Moscow is now calling on world powers to help arm government forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, calling them the "most efficient and powerful ground force" in the fight against the Islamic State. Published September 11, 2015

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, right, with CIA Director John Brennan, center, and FBI Director James Comey, left, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, before the House Intelligence Committee hearing on cyberthreats. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

FBI, CIA, NSA all say no 9/11 terror threat

The directors of the FBI, CIA and NSA said Thursday that U.S. intelligence officials have not identified any specific or credible threat to the American homeland in connection with Friday's 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Published September 10, 2015

Refugees walk along the railway tracks that connect Horgos and Szeged near the Hungary-Serbia border Tuesday. President Obama says the U.S. must do more to help the issue of Syrian refugees, but both Democrats and Republicans say he has been slow to act. (Associated Press)

U.S. under pressure as Syrian refugee crisis balloons

A top Republican lawmaker warned Wednesday President Obama may be preparing to open "the floodgates" for Syrian war refugees to enter the U.S., even as the administration's top spy said intelligence officials have a "huge concern" the Islamic State aims to hide terrorists among the waves of people fleeing the conflict in the heart of the Middle East. Published September 9, 2015

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, before the Senate Armed Services Committee to deliver the annual assessment by intelligence agencies of the top dangers facing the country. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

James Clapper: Islamic State could infiltrate U.S., West through migrants fleeing from Syria

America's top spy said Wednesday that U.S. intelligence officials have a "huge concern" about Islamic State's ability to infiltrate waves of Syrian war refugees flowing into Europe and potentially the United States as pressure mounts on Western nations to take in a growing number of people fleeing the conflict in the heart of the Middle East. Published September 9, 2015

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gives a press conference on the second anniversary of his election in Tehran on June 13, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Iran wants in on Syria peace talks

The president of Iran -- the top international backer of Syrian President Bashar Assad -- said Tuesday that if asked, his nation would willingly join in peace talks with the U.S. and other powers, including rival Saudi Arabia toward an end to Syria's civil war. Published September 8, 2015

President Obama's meeting with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud comes as debate over the Iran nuclear deal rages in Washington. (Associated Press)

King Salman of Saudi Arabia set to back Iran nuclear deal -- at a price

President Obama is set to receive an official, albeit reluctant nod of approval for the Iran nuclear deal when Saudi Arabia's new king visits the White House for the first time Friday, but analysts say it will come at a price as Riyadh seeks Washington's support for its increasingly anti-Iran foreign policy in the Middle East. Published September 3, 2015

This Aug. 4, 2015, file photo shows U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry waving after delivering a speech at Singapore Management University in Singapore. (Brendan Smialowski/Pool Photo via AP)

Jeff Duncan, a key lawmaker, demands full record of Iran negotiations be sent to Congress

A key Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee has asked the Obama administration to provide a full record of its negotiations with Iran relating to the nuclear deal reached this summer -- setting the stage for a new standoff between the White House and Congress as lawmakers prepare to vote on the deal during the coming weeks. Published September 3, 2015

President Obama's intense lobbying on Wednesday secured support from a 34th Senate Democrat, ensuring his Iranian nuclear deal will survive a veto battle with Congress. (Associated Press)

Obama secures votes to preserve Iran nuclear deal despite majority opposition

President Obama's intense lobbying on Wednesday secured support from a 34th Senate Democrat, ensuring his Iranian nuclear deal will survive a veto battle with Congress and setting into motion the extraordinary imposition of a foreign agreement over the objections of large numbers of voters and big majorities in both the House and Senate. Published September 2, 2015

President Barack Obama looks at Bear Glacier, which has receded 1.8 miles in approximately 100 years, while on a boat tour to see the effects of global warming in Resurrection Cove, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in Seward, Alaska. Obama is on a historic three-day trip to Alaska aimed at showing solidarity with a state often overlooked by Washington, while using its glorious but changing landscape as an urgent call to action on climate change. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) **FILE**

Arctic scramble spurs new debate over U.N. Law of the Sea pact

The international scramble over development, energy and climate change in the Arctic -- highlighted by President Obama's trip to the Alaska's far north this week -- is prompting fresh debate over whether American influence in the region may be limited by the fact that the U.S. is the only nation in the fight to have never ratified the Law of the Sea treaty. Published September 2, 2015

FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2015 file photo, Secretary of State John Kerry speaks before introducing President Barack Obama at the Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER) Conference at Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Kerry will send a letter to all members of Congress on Wednesday, Sept. 2, outlining U.S. security commitments to Israel and the Gulf Arab states in light of the Iran nuclear deal. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Kerry seeks support for Iran nuke deal as Obama gains key vote

With a key Senate Democrat giving the Obama administration the number of votes needed to block any Republican effort to derail the Iran nuclear deal Wednesday, Secretary of State John F. Kerry offered fresh defense of the accord -- asserting anew that it "will make the United States, Israel, the [Persian] Gulf states and the world safer." Published September 2, 2015

Syrian President Bashar Assad continues to be a thorn in U.S.-Russia talks for peace in the Middle East as the U.S. backs Mr. Assad while Russia supports nearby Iran against him. (Associated Press)

Syrian peace may hinge on Moscow's game plan

Moscow is increasingly emerging as a center of diplomacy on Syria's four-year-old civil war, with the Obama administration sending a key emissary to the Russian capital to discuss the conflict on Friday, following recent visits by high-level Saudi, Jordanian and Iranian officials -- as well as key members of the Syrian political opposition. Published August 30, 2015

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Mualem, right, meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow's Kremlin, Russia on Monday, June 29, 2015. (Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP) ** FILE **

Russia emerges as key player in new round of Syria diplomacy

Moscow is increasingly emerging as a center of diplomacy on Syria's four-year-old civil war, with the Obama administration sending a key emissary to the Russian capital discuss the conflict on Friday, following recent visits by high-level Saudi, Jordanian and Iranian officials -- as well as key members of the Syrian political opposition. Published August 28, 2015

President Barack Obama, left, toasts with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Nov. 12 at a lunch banquet in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. China has become one of the world's largest two economies, and is wealthy enough to buy up at least $1.3 trillion of the U.S. debt. But that hasn't stopped Uncle Sam from continuing to send foreign aid to Beijing. (Associated Press)

Marco Rubio urges crackdown on China's 'authoritarian ruler' Xi Xingping

Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio says Chinese President Xi Xingping is an "authoritarian ruler" and that President Obama should downgrade the Chinese leader's upcoming Washington trip to a "working visit," not role out the red carpet for him. Published August 28, 2015

FILE - In this file photo taken Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, speaks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, as they walk in Geneva, Switzerland, ahead of the next round of nuclear discussions. Should the talks over Iran's nuclear program collapse, the alternatives are not appealing: the war option that the United States has kept on the table has few fans, and the world does not seem willing to truly bring Iran to its knees by shutting off the flow of capital and goods. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP, File)

More than 200 retired generals and admirals urge Congress to reject Iran deal

The number of retired generals and admirals signing on to a letter to Congress rejecting the Iran nuclear deal continued to swell Thursday, with some 214 of the former high-level U.S. military officers putting their stamp on the document that asserts the "agreement will enable Iran to become far more dangerous" and "introduce new threats to American interests." Published August 27, 2015

Saudi-U.S. ties will be under scrutiny again when 79-year-old King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud makes an expected visit to Washington next month, his first since ascending to the throne. (Associated Press)

Saudi royals' grasp on power threatened by sharp drop in oil prices

The sharp drop in oil prices is starting to bite for the world's longtime top oil-producing nation, Saudi Arabia, and could threaten the seemingly unshakable social contract that has seen the kingdom's royal family rule for nearly a century with almost no opposition or oversight from the nation's masses. Published August 26, 2015

Syrian President Bashar Assad (SANA via AP, File)

Syria's Bashar Assad says Russian and Iranian support won't wane

Syrian President Bashar Assad says Iran-back Hezbollah fighters are playing a completely legitimate role in bolstering Syria's military against terrorists and that he has "strong confidence" Russia will also continue to support his embattled regime. Published August 26, 2015

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, second from left, watches a Noh performance by local college students, with monk of Kiyomizu-dera Buddhist temple, Eigen Onishi, left, U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, second from right,  at the temple in Kyoto, western Japan, Friday, March 20, 2015. Noh is a form of classical Japanese musical drama. Kiyomizu-dera is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Kyoto's most famous vistas. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

It's no Camelot! Caroline Kennedy's oversight of Japanese embassy slammed

The State Department's internal watchdog leveled biting criticism at the management style of U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy in a new audit on Tuesday, citing "confusion among staff" and "major management challenges" in key offices at the Tokyo embassy. Published August 25, 2015