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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 gtaylor@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Guy Taylor

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2014 file photo, fighters from the Free Syrian Army, left, and the Kurdish People's Protection Units, center, join forces to fight Islamic State group militants in Kobani, Syria. Kurdish fighters in Syria have ambitions to become the chief force fighting Islamic State group extremists in the country - building on their victory in Kobani to ally with moderate rebels and push the jihadis ever further. They tout the alliance as a gamechanger in the Syria war as well: the emergence of the effective moderate rebel force that the West has been looking to ally with all along. (AP Photo/Jake Simkin, File)

Despite months of airstrikes, Islamic State grows to size of Belgium

The Obama administration's top counterterrorism official said Wednesday that the number of foreign fighters traveling from the U.S. and other nations to join the Islamic State extremist movement in Syria and Iraq continues to grow — with some 20,000 fighters having flooded in from more than 90 countries in recent years. Published February 11, 2015

Lilian Tintori, wife of imprisoned opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, shows a tattoo of the word "Venezuela" on her wrist. Her incarcerated husband, seen by many as a political prisoner wrongfully jailed, has a matching one on his ankle. (associated press)

Political prisoner's wife begs Obama for help in Venezuela

The wife of Venezuela's highest-profile political prisoner pressed the Obama administration to do more to address the human rights crisis in her country, saying the opposition movement won't stop until there is "clear justice, a clear rule of law and human rights for all people." Published February 10, 2015

Pakistani Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani says his country's relationship with the U.S. is on a positive trajectory and is stronger than it has been than at any other point since the Osama bin Laden raid in May 2011. (Associated Press)

Pakistani diplomat Jalil Abbas Jilani seeks increased U.S. pressure on India

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: The top Pakistani diplomat in Washington says he is optimistic about prospects for peace in Afghanistan after the U.S. troop pullout, but asserts that the Obama administration could and should be doing more to foster peace in South Asia by pressuring India to embrace economic and counterterrorism overtures from Islamabad. Published February 8, 2015

People stand with their belongings as they leave there homes traveling by bus after recent fighting between Nigerian government forces and  Boko Haram militants in  Maiduguri, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. Nigeria's electoral commission will postpone Feb. 14 presidential and legislative elections for six weeks to give a new multinational force time to secure northeastern areas under the sway of Boko Haram, an official close to the commission told The Associated Press on Saturday.  (AP Photo/Jossy Ola)

Nigeria elections postponed following Boko Haram violence

Nigeria's government said Saturday it will postponed its Feb. 14 presidential election following a surge of violence by Boko Haram, as U.S. intelligence officials warned that the shadowy jihadist group has seized roughly 30 villages and towns over the past year and is now capable of going "toe-to-toe" with Nigerian military forces. Published February 7, 2015

John Kerry in Ukraine says U.S. 'does not seek a confrontation' with Russia

Secretary of State John F. Kerry is pushing a message to Russian leaders that Washington "does not seek a confrontation," despite reports that the Obama administration is carefully weighing whether to begin sending armor-piercing weapons to Ukrainian forces engaged in a growing war with Moscow-backed separatists. Published February 5, 2015

Ukrainian forces have lost hundreds of square miles more than was agreed under the Minsk Protocol. U.S. and Ukrainian officials say separatists in the east are pushing to establish a land bridge from Russia's mainland to Crimea. (Associated Press)

Germany, France being led into 'trap' in Russia peace talks, Ukraine says

Ukraine's prime minister warned Thursday that the leaders of France and Germany were being led into a diplomatic "trap" as they headed to Moscow to push a peace plan for eastern Ukraine, as the Obama administration continued to struggle with the question of whether to provide U.S. weapons to aid the Ukrainian military's fight against Russia-backed separatists. Published February 5, 2015

President Barack Obama delivers remarks during a meeting with people that wrote him letters explaining how they benefited from the Affordable Care Act in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, in Washington. Obama also condemned the execution of Jordanian Air Force pilot First Lt. Moaz al-Kasasbeh by the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama, U.S. blind to Islamic State threat in Libya

A top adviser to Libya's prime minister warned Tuesday that the Obama administration and the U.S. intelligence community have dramatically underestimated the Islamic State's expansion into his nation — a development that could have been avoided had Washington led a more aggressive counterterrorism strategy after Moammar Gadhafi's ouster in 2011. Published February 3, 2015

In this May 2012 photo provided by China's Xinhua News Agency, Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning cruises for a test on the sea. (Associated Press/Xinhua, Li Tang) **FILE**

China reportedly building second aircraft carrier

Chinese authorities are moving toward building a second aircraft carrier, according to reports Monday, marking the latest sign the rising Asian military power aims to grow its long-range naval capabilities. Published February 2, 2015

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said during a visit to Hungary on Monday that her nation will not provide military hardware to Ukraine and asserted that the war with Russia-backed forces "cannot be solved militarily." (Associated Press)

Obama weighs lethal military aid to embattled Ukraine

Faced with growing Russian meddling in eastern Ukraine, President Obama and his top-level aides are weighing the need for far more aggressive and militarized countermeasures than the White House has been willing to embrace. Published February 2, 2015

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (Associated Press) **FILE**

Former secretaries of state: U.S. has responsibility to lead amid crises

Three secretaries of state from the Nixon, Reagan and Bill Clinton eras painted a dark picture of global security during a rare appearance on Capitol Hill Thursday, saying international order has eroded more during the 15 years than at any time since World War II — with burgeoning threats posed by Iran, Russia and jihadi terrorists leading the charge. Published January 29, 2015

Sen. John McCain  (Associated Press)

John McCain: 'Get out of here, you low-life scum'

John McCain lashed out angrily Thursday at a group of protesters who interrupted the start of a Senate hearing featuring Henry Kissinger by calling for the former secretary of state to be tried for war crimes. Published January 29, 2015

Israeli soldiers secure the Israel-Lebanon border, Wednesday. Hezbollah claims the attack destroyed a number of Israeli vehicles and caused casualties among "enemy ranks." Israel later fired at least 35 artillery shells into Lebanon. (Associated Press)

Israel, Hezbollah on brink of war after barrage of missile strikes, counterstrikes

U.S. officials on Wednesday urged calm between Israel and Hezbollah after a barrage of anti-tank missile strikes by the Iran-backed militant group triggered retaliation from Israeli military forces and raised fears that the two sides may be on the verge of a war like the one that broke out between them in 2006. Published January 28, 2015

In this photo released by the Iranian Presidency Office, President Hassan Rouhani visits the Bushehr nuclear power plant just outside the port city of Bushehr, southern Iran, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Iranian Presidency Office, Mohammad Berno)

Key House Republican: Nukes talk with Iran at dead end

The top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee said Tuesday despite the Obama administration's willingness to "move closer and closer to Iranian positions," ongoing talks over the Islamic republic's disputed nuclear program have hit a dead end. Published January 27, 2015

A Libyan military soldier walks past damage inside a building that was used by Islamic militias for fighting in Benghazi, Libya. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Libya latest Arab Spring disappointment as unrest creates terrorist safe haven

With the unrest in Yemen dominating the headlines in recent days, a widening war among Libya's militant factions is pushing the North African nation higher on the list of failed states that provide safe haven for the region's terrorist groups just four years after a U.S.-backed campaign ousted former dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Published January 26, 2015

A Houthi Shiite fighter shows support for his comrades after seizing the capital in Sanaa, Yemen. President Obama has yet to reveal a response. (Associated Press)

Yemen coup shows Obama lacks Middle East terror strategy, critics say

The Yemeni government's fall to Iran-backed Shiite militants last week is only the latest sign that Tehran is "on the march" and that President Obama needs a battle plan to rout extremists across the Middle East, the administration's critics charged Sunday. Published January 25, 2015

A Houthi Shiite fighter wearing an army uniform chants slogans during a demonstration to show support for his comrades in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. Thousands of protesters demonstrated Friday across Yemen, some supporting the Shiite rebels who seized the capital and others demanding the country's south secede after the nation's president and Cabinet resigned. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

Yemen's Shiite rebels growing in power amid Obama uncertainty on Iran, experts fear

The surge in Yemen this week by Shiite Muslim militants represents what some national security insiders are calling a "huge victory" for Iran, just as the Obama administration faces criticism for being too lenient in nuclear talks with the Islamic republic and appears — at least tacitly — to be coordinating with Tehran against Sunni terrorists in Iraq. Published January 23, 2015