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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

Congress riled about account of Libya attack

A brewing conflict between Congress and the Obama administration broke into the open Thursday as several lawmakers were critical about a briefing on the Sept. 11 anniversary attack on U.S. diplomats in Libya, which the administration had said was a spontaneous response to an anti-Islam video. Published September 20, 2012

Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (left), Connecticut independent, takes his seat as FBI Associate Deputy Director Kevin Perkins (center) and National Counterterrorism Center Director Matthew G. Olsen arrive to testify on homeland threats and agency responses in front of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Libya killings said to be 'terrorist attack'

The Obama administration for the first time Wednesday acknowledged that last week's assault on the U.S. Consulate in Libya was a "terrorist attack," as lawmakers on Capitol Hill raised questions about security at the consulate and asserted that the attack should have been anticipated by intelligence and counterterrorism agencies. Published September 19, 2012

** FILE ** A Libyan man investigates the inside of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi after the attack that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. (Associated Press)

U.S. fears potential increase in terrorist movement

The State Department fears that terrorists are moving to exploit the wave of anti-American anger sweeping the Muslim world after a group linked to al Qaeda called for more attacks on U.S. diplomats and a suicide bomber killed 12 foreign workers in Afghanistan on Tuesday. Published September 18, 2012

Skeptics say Middle East attacks organized

Pressure is increasing for Congress to conduct its own independent investigation into last week's attacks on diplomatic posts in Egypt and Libya as lawmakers and even Libya's president dispute the Obama administration's assertion that the attacks were merely mob violence spawned by an offensive film. Published September 17, 2012

**FILE** U.S. envoy Chris Stevens speaks April 11, 2011, to local media at the Tibesty Hotel where an African Union delegation was meeting with opposition leaders in Benghazi, Libya. The U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi by protesters angry over a film that ridiculed Islam's Prophet Muhammad. (Associated Press)

State Dept. acknowledges video of slain ambassador in Libya

The State Department acknowledged Monday the existence of video that shows U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens being pulled from the burning remains of a U.S. diplomatic compound that was attacked by militants in eastern Libya last week. Published September 17, 2012

An Egyptian protester stomps on the roof of a car in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, early Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, before police cleared the area after days of protests against a film ridiculing the Prophet Muhammad. Egyptian police on Saturday cleared out protesters who have been clashing with security forces for the past four days near the U.S. Embassy as most cities around the Muslim world reported calm a day after at least six people were killed in a wave of angry protests over an anti-Islam film.(AP Photo)

Egypt's Islamic TV talks with iron Salafist

A Muslim cleric hosting an Egyptian television show recently outlined his version of Islamic instructions for wife-beating. In another show, a cleric claimed that the Muslim Brotherhood, now governing Egypt, one day will rule the world. Published September 16, 2012

A protester demonstrating against Japan's claim to disputed islands holds a picture of the rocky islands, known as Senkaku to Japanese and Diaoyu to Chinese, on Sept. 11, 2012 in front of a Chinese national flag during a rally outside the Japanese Consulate General in Hong Kong. The sign reads "Diaoyu belongs to China." (Associated Press)

U.S. faces setback in China seas dispute

U.S. efforts to counter the rise of Chinese military power in the Pacific faced a significant setback this week when Beijing dispatched two surveillance ships to assert sovereignty over a chain of small islands governed by Japan. Published September 13, 2012

An Egyptian protester throws stones toward riot police next to a burning police car during clashes near the U.S. embassy in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012. Protesters clash with police near the U.S. Embassy in Cairo for the third day in a row. Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi vowed to protect foreign embassies in Cairo, where police were using tear gas to disperse protesters at the U.S. mission. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Four arrested in deadly attack on U.S. Consulate in Libya

Libyan security officials Thursday said they have arrested four men suspected of involvement in the attack that killed a U.S. ambassador this week, and referred to the incident as an organized assault by militants who carried out carefully timed raids on both the diplomatic compound and a safe house where evacuated U.S. personnel were waiting to be rescued. Published September 13, 2012

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton listens as President Obama speaks Sept. 12, 2012, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on the death of Christopher Stevens, U.S. ambassador to Libya. (Associated Press)

U.S., Libya to probe violence after slaying of ambassador

U.S. and Libyan officials launched investigations Wednesday into a deadly nighttime attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, trying to determine whether it was a premeditated assault by Muslim militants or a mob enraged by a U.S.-produced film that derides Islam's Prophet Muhammad. Published September 12, 2012

Obama, Romney unlikely to share Bush's space-travel ambitions

Advantageous as it may have been for a standing Republican president to have dreamed of the moon two elections ago, it's a call unlikely to emerge this campaign season from either President Obama or Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Published September 9, 2012

** FILE ** A small group of Nepal Youth Front, the student organization of Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist), hold their flags and shout slogans during a protest against the hike of fuel prices in Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. The state-owned Nepal Oil Corp. Sunday announced the rise in prices, which came into effect Monday. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

State Department drops Maoists from terrorist watch list

The State Department on Thursday removed the Communist Party of Nepal from the U.S. list of terrorist organizations on grounds the Maoist group has abandoned its militant past in favor of "engagement in peaceful political dialogue in Nepal." Published September 6, 2012

A Syrian child who fled her home in Aleppo with her family because of fighting between the rebels and the Syrian army, rests Wednesday at a school where she and her family took refuge, in Suran, Syria. (Associated Press)

Turkey, Egypt hit Assad for 'terrorism'

Regional calls for the ouster of Syrian President Bashar Assad reached new heights Wednesday, with Turkey describing the Assad regime as "one of state terrorism" and Egypt asserting that Mr. Assad should learn from the "recent history" of deposed Arab dictators and step down. Published September 5, 2012

Amjad Al-Saleh, a Syrian child suffering from food poisoning, is comforted by his mother as they take refuge at the Bab Al-Salameh border crossing near Azaz, Syria, on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, in hopes of entering a refugee camp in Turkey. The Al-Saleh family left their home in Marea, Syria, 11 days before when government forces shelled their house. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

U.S. provides more aid for Syrian refugees

The United States is adding $21 million to its humanitarian aid package for people displaced by violence in Syria, U.S. officials said Wednesday amid U.N. reports that more than 100,000 Syrians fled to neighboring countries in August. Published September 5, 2012

Mexican President Felipe Calderon delivers his state-of-the-nation address to Congress in Mexico City on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)

Mexico’s Calderon hails economic legacy, drug fight in last address

Outgoing Mexican President Felipe Calderon used his final State of the Union address to defend his administration’s bare-knuckle war on drug cartels, asserting that 22 of the nation’s 37 most wanted criminals have been “neutralized” since he took office six years ago. Published September 4, 2012

** FILE ** Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, makes a statement from a balcony of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

State Dept. hits Assange's 'wild assertions'

The State Department on Monday accused WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of making "wild assertions" about the United States in an attempt to divert attention from Sweden's investigation into whether he should be charged with rape. Published August 20, 2012

**FILE** U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon speaks Aug. 13, 2012, during a ceremony to launch the Development Alliance Korea, a coalition of local civic groups to promote overseas development aid, at the Foreign Ministry in Seoul. (Associated Press)

U.S. urges U.N. chief not to attend summit in Iran

The U.S. has told the U.N. chief that he would send a "very strange signal" to the world if he were to attend a conference of non-aligned states in Iran this month, the State Department said Thursday. Published August 16, 2012

A Syrian boy arrives at a field hospital after an airstrike hit homes on the outskirts of Aleppo on Wednesday. As bloodshed increases in Syria, critics say President Obama has relied too heavily on the United Nations. (Associated Press)

Obama vs. Romney on Syria policy

If killing Osama bin Laden, untangling U.S. forces from Iraq and fighting a bare-knuckle drone war against al Qaeda are the Obama administration's foreign policy triumphs, its biggest stumble may be its failure to produce an international solution to what has become an all-out civil war in Syria. Published August 15, 2012