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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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People speak to police officers as they block a street in central Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. Opposition leader Vitali Klitschko headed for talks with the Ukrainian president on Tuesday after yet another night of violent street clashes between anti-government protesters and police. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Ukraine protesters being spied on through cell phones, reports say

Major mobile phone providers in Ukraine deny that they're working with the nation's government to spy on protesters, who've brought a fresh and intense round of pro-democracy rallies to the capital city of Kiev during recent days. Published January 21, 2014

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani sits at the 27th International Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Obama's delicate Iran policy: We want to work with you, just not that much

The Obama administration’s carrot-and-stick approach to Iran was on full display Monday, with the White House praising Tehran for progress in dismantling parts of its nuclear program — while also working successfully behind the scenes to get the Islamic republic disinvited from a Syrian peace conference. Published January 20, 2014

The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group. U.S. Navy photo.

Ominous warning: Admiral concedes U.S. losing dominance to China

While Adm. Sam Locklear said it was obvious Chinese military power is growing, he suggested it remains unclear whether China will seek in the long-term to be a hard adversary to the U.S. — so Washington should be working overtime on steering Beijing toward a cooperative security posture. Published January 16, 2014

** FILE ** Syrian President Bashar Assad. (AP Photo/SANA)

Obama administration denies talks with Syria over extremists

A top official under Syrian President Bashar Assad says operatives from several Western intelligence agencies have held discussions with the government in Damascus about how to combat Islamic extremists who have become increasingly active in Syria's civil war over the past year. Published January 15, 2014

Iraqis examine the aftermath of a bombing in Baghdad. Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Saleh Mutlaq accuses Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of fomenting sectarian violence to limit the electoral voices of Sunnis in upcoming elections and criticized the Obama administration for failing to do more for a country "destroyed" by the U.S. (Associated Press)

The U.S. is to blame for violence now spiking in Iraq: deputy prime minister

One of Iraq's top Sunni politicians on Tuesday accused Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of fomenting sectarian violence to limit the voices of Sunnis in upcoming elections, and he criticized the Obama administration for failing to do more for a country "destroyed" by the United States. Published January 14, 2014

US Secretary of State John Kerry, right, with with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, and U.N-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, center, on stage following the conclusion of their joint news at the US Ambassador's residence in Paris, France, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. Kerry is in Paris for meetings on Syria to rally international support for ending the three-year civil war in Syria. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

Kerry claims partial ceasefire could be in the works for Syria

Secretary of State John F. Kerry struck a note of optimism on Syria Monday, claiming that he and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov are discussing a partial ceasefire ahead of a major peace conference next week in Geneva. Published January 13, 2014

Speaking out: Lukman Faily, Iraqi ambassador to the United States, says the Obama administration is not as engaged in his country's future as was the Bush administration, but adds that sectarian divisions are not about to erupt into civil war. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Iraqi ambassador slams Obama, praises Bush

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: Iraq's ambassador to Washington says the Obama administration doesn't fully grasp the consequences of failing to more aggressively combat a surging al Qaeda threat inside his country, pointedly suggesting that President Obama has been less engaged with Baghdad than his predecessor. Published January 8, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a press conference at the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014. Kerry is heading to Jordan and Saudi Arabia to discuss his effort to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians, yet his conversations with the U.S. allies will undoubtedly turn to other Mideast trouble spots. Kerry said Saturday that progress is being made in the Israeli-Palestinian talks, yet key hurdles are yet to be overcome. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

Report blames rising Iraqi unrest on Prime Minister al-Maliki

At top foreign policy think tank in Washington offered an alarming assessment of Iraq's devolving security situation on Monday and lambasted the Mideast nation's Shiite Muslim prime minister for exploiting sectarian divisions in a "relentless search for power." Published January 6, 2014

White House press secretary Jay Carney listens at left, as White House National Economic Council Chairman Gene Sperling speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. With Congress back, the Senate is expected to work on a three-month extension of benefits for the long-term unemployed.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

U.S. walks tightrope by handing arms to Shiite-led Iraq

The Obama administration's decision to provide drones and accelerate shipments of U.S. missiles to Iraq to help in the fight against resurgent al Qaeda-linked extremists added a fresh layer of complexity Monday to an already difficult relationship between Washington and the Shiite Muslim-dominated government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Published January 6, 2014

Specially designated: Doku Umarov circulated a video last summer advocating action against the Winter Olympics in Russia. (Kavkaz Center via Associated Press)

Pre-Olympics terror attacks, Boston bombings may be linked to 'Russian bin Laden'

Two suicide bombings targeting Russian civilians just weeks from the opening of Winter Olympics have renewed fears that a Chechen terrorist known as the "Russian bin Laden" may be bent on committing or inspiring more attacks on so-called soft targets, and possibly major international sporting events. Published January 1, 2014

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)

Intel community: NY Times wrong, al Qaeda links in Benghazi are clear

Current and former U.S. officials, congressional sources and outside analysts briefed on the attack told The Washington Times on Monday that the U.S. intelligence community's assessment about al Qaeda's links to the Benghazi tragedy has not changed. Published December 30, 2013

Chilling: In 2007, explorers in the oil-rich Arctic dropped two miniature submarines more than 2 miles beneath the ice at the North Pole to plant a Russian flag on the ocean floor. (Associated Press)

U.S. Cold War rivals China, Russia step up challenges to Obama's Asia pivot

Russia bullies Ukraine and pushes its claims to the North Pole, while Beijing beefs up naval patrols in the South China Sea and challenges U.S. allies on its borders. As the Obama administration attempts an ambitious reorientation of the nation's strategic and diplomatic focus, two regional powerhouses and former Cold War adversaries are showing themselves increasingly keen to challenge Washington's dominance on the world stage. Published December 29, 2013

State Department adds two to terrorist list, notes al Qaeda splits

The U.S. made two key terrorism designations Wednesday, casting a spotlight on the al Qaeda affiliate organizations in the Middle East and North Africa that increasingly have replaced the Afghanistan and Pakistan-based network built by Osama bin Laden as the focus of global security concerns. Published December 18, 2013

A Syrian government solider aims his weapon during clashes with Free Syrian Army fighters (not pictured) in the ancient, predominantly Christian village of Maaloula, Syria, northeast of the capital, Damascus, on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. Heavy fighting flared as government troops tried to flush out rebel units, including two that are linked to al Qaeda, from the hilltop enclave that they broke into last week. (AP Photo/SANA)

U.S. adds al Qaeda-linked Lebanon militant leader to global terrorist list

The State Department named a key leader of a Lebanon-based militant group with ties to al Qaeda factions in Syria as a "Specially Designated Global Terrorist" on Tuesday, shedding fresh light on evidence that Islamic extremists operating in Syria may be eager to expand their operations regionally. Published December 18, 2013

** FILE ** In this photo taken on May 24, 2012, Spanish reporters Javier Espinosa, right, and Ricardo Garcia Vilanova, left, pose for a photo during the ceremony of the Miguel Gil journalisms awards in Barcelona, Spain. Spanish newspaper El Mundo says one of its reporters and a freelance photographer are being held hostage in Syria by a group linked to al Qaeda. (AP Photo/Joan Borras)

Number of journalists kidnapped more than doubled in 2013: report

The number of journalists kidnapped while working in various corners of the globe more than doubled over the past year — with 87 occurring during 2013, compared to 38 in 2012 — according to an annual assessment released Wednesday by Reporters Without Borders. Published December 18, 2013

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, is greeted by Deputy Defense Minister Salman bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, right, after he arriving at Riyadh Air Base on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Secretary Hagel made a brief stop in Saudi Arabia to meet with military officials and the Crown Prince.  (AP Photo/Mark Wilson, Pool)

U.S. downplays Saudi prince's criticism of Obama's Middle East policies

The State Department downplayed the appearance of mounting geopolitical friction between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia on Monday — a day after the former head of Saudi intelligence assailed the Obama administration's shifting policies in the Middle East and accused Washington of waffling on Syria and Iran. Published December 16, 2013