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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

Articles by Guy Taylor

Secretary of State John Kerry holds a bilateral meeting with Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird on Feb. 8, 2013, at the State Department in Washington. (Associated Press)

Kerry skirts question on arming Syrian rebels

Secretary of State John F. Kerry brushed aside questions Friday about why President Obama refused to embrace a plan from top advisers to send weapons to rebels fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad, saying he instead wants to look ahead to future policy challenges. Published February 8, 2013

Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta (left) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin E. Dempsey (right) testify Feb. 7, 2013, on Capitol Hill before the United States Committee on Armed Services to answer questions on the Department of Defense response to the attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Obama punted to Panetta for U.S. response to Benghazi attack

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta on Thursday revealed he personally broke the news to President Obama that the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, was under attack last year — but he and the president didn't speak the rest of the night as the assault on the compound unfolded. Published February 7, 2013

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta will testify to a Senate panel that hopes to get satisfactory answers Thursday to questions about the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya. (Associated Press)

Still seeking Benghazi answers, Senate panel to quiz Panetta

The Obama administration's handling of the deadly September attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, faces another congressional grilling when outgoing Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta testifies Thursday on Capitol Hill. Published February 6, 2013

**FILE** Secretary of State John Kerry (Associated Press)

Kerry calls out EU for keeping Hezbollah off terror list

Secretary of State John Kerry praised Bulgarian authorities Tuesday for conducting a "thorough and professional investigation" and determining that the Shi'ite Islamist group Hezbollah was responsible for deadly terrorist attack in their country last year. Published February 5, 2013

New Secretary of State John F. Kerry is greeted by State Department staff as he arrives during a ceremony welcoming him as the 68th secretary of state on Monday. He succeeds Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Cabinet post. (Associated Press)

Kerry notes he has 'big heels to fill' after Clinton

Newly confirmed Secretary of State John F. Kerry struck a humble and jocular tone on arriving at the State Department Monday for his first full day in the post held by Hillary Rodham Clinton over the past four years. Published February 4, 2013

Sen. John F. Kerry (second from left) arrives alongside outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (second from right), Sen. John McCain (right) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (left) for his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to be the next secretary of state, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. Mr. Kerry, the committee's chairman, is expected to receive overwhelming support from his colleagues. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Kerry to face Clinton's ongoing popularity at State Department

Secretary of State John F. Kerry will be confronted by a daunting task Monday when he arrives at Foggy Bottom: winning over the rank-and-file diplomats at the State Department, where the outspoken love for Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former secretary, remains on full display. Published February 3, 2013

In this image made from video, emergency personnel are seen in front of a side entrance to the U.S. Embassy following a blast, Ankara, Turkey, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. Turkish news reports say an explosion in front of the U.S. Embassy in the Turkish capital Ankara has injured several people. (AP Photo/NTV)

Marxist group suspected behind U.S. Embassy attack in Turkey

The State Deparment said Friday that the suicide bombing targeting the U.S. embassay in the Turkish capital of Ankara could have caused significantly more damage were it not for the tight security protocols in place at the facility. Published February 1, 2013

** FILE ** Then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks on American leadership at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. (Associated Press)

Upon exit, Clinton praises Obama, warns of Syria

Outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton defended her legacy as America's top diplomat Thursday and praised President Obama for making the nation "stronger at home and more respected in the world" than it was four years ago. Published January 31, 2013

An Afghan policeman (left) mourns after a police truck was hit by a roadside bomb in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Jan. 27, 2013. The truck was packed with officers and detainees, several of whom were killed in the blast, officials said. (Associated Press)

State Dept. warns that all Afghan travel is unsafe

More than 11 years have passed since U.S. troops first entered Afghanistan, but remnants of the al Qaeda network "remain active" in the nation and no place in the country is safe for Americans, according to the latest "travel warning" issued by the State Department on Tuesday. Published January 29, 2013

In this image taken from video obtained from the Ugarit News, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, a Free Syrian Army fighter speaks in front of a government intelligence complex in Deir el-Zour, Syria, on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Ugarit News via AP video)

U.S. sending $155 million in 'nonlethal' aid to Syria

The White House ramped up "nonlethal" support for Syrian rebels and refugees Tuesday, committing a fresh $155 million in humanitarian aid and bringing the total U.S. monetary response to the Syrian civil war to $365 million. Published January 29, 2013

Sen. John F. Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, emerges on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, after a unanimous vote by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approving him to become America's next top diplomat. Mr. Kerry, who has served on the Foreign Relations panel for 28 years and led the committee for the past four, would replace Hillary Rodham Clinton. (Associated Press)

Senate approves Kerry's nomination for secretary of state

The Senate confirmed the nomination of John F. Kerry to be secretary of state by a near-unanimous vote on Tuesday, with just three Republicans refusing to join an otherwise bipartisan chorus of support for the five-term Democratic senator from Massachusetts. Published January 29, 2013

Chadian soldiers patrol the streets of Gao, northern Mali, on Jan. 28, 2013. After securing a strategic bridge and the airport in Gao the day before, Malian troops backed by French helicopters and paratroopers entered the fabled city of Timbuktu, north of Gao, on Monday after al Qaeda-linked militants fled into the desert. (Associated Press)

U.S. won't be taking a combat role in Mali

The State Department said outright Monday that "the U.S. military is not going to be engaged in combat operations in Mali," but will continue to play a key role in bolstering the French mission to drive al Qaeda-linked rebels from the West African nation. Published January 28, 2013

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks against the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Tears and rage: Clinton testily defends depiction of Benghazi events

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton accepted blame Wednesday for the death of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, but repeatedly deflected criticism of the Obama administration's handling of the attack and its aftermath. Published January 23, 2013

In his confirmation hearing, Sen. John F. Kerry is unlikely to stray from his record favoring debate and analysis before committing to military action. (Associated Press)

Kerry: A State nominee skeptical about overseas activism

As the Democratic presidential nominee in 2004, Sen. John F. Kerry denounced the war in Iraq as a "profound diversion" and asserted that without a serious change of course, America faced "the prospect of a war with no end in sight." Published January 22, 2013

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will face a barrage of questions from lawmakers about the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya. (Associated Press)

Republicans expect Clinton's account of Benghazi

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton likely will face tough questions about the deadly Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya — including how the U.S. ambassador went missing for several hours during the assault — when she meets Wednesday with the House and Senate foreign affairs committees. Published January 21, 2013