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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

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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

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will testify before Congress about the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, before she steps down. (Associated Press)

Benghazi, Kerry confirmation hearings set for next week

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee faces a busy week ahead, with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton slated to testify Wednesday about the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Published January 17, 2013

British soldiers gather next to a French army truck inside a British transport plane at a base in Evreux on Monday, part of Britain's authorization over the weekend to send two C-17 transport planes to help France get more troops to Mali. (Associated Press)

U.S. won't pledge aid yet to French effort in Mali

U.S. officials voiced support Monday for France's military campaign against al Qaeda-linked rebels in Mali, and downplayed the notion that the United States is on the verge of getting pulled into a widening conflict in the West African nation. Published January 14, 2013

**FILE** Sen. Robert Menendez, New Jersey Democrat (Associated Press)

Menendez eyed for Senate panel

The nomination of Sen. John F. Kerry as secretary of state prompted a frantic shuffle on Capitol Hill, where congressional sources now say Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey will replace the Massachusetts Democrat as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. Published January 9, 2013

** File ** President Obama looks to Sen. John F. Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, after announcing Mr. Kerry's nomination as the next secretary of state in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Dec. 21, 2012, in Washington. (Associated Press)

Swift Boaters won't challenge Kerry over State job

The Swift Boat Veterans for Truth helped sink Sen. John F. Kerry's bid for the White House eight years ago, but the group of veterans has decided it will not to try to torpedo his nomination to head the State Department. Published January 8, 2013

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will testify before Congress about the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, before she steps down. (Associated Press)

Clinton to testify about Benghazi before resigning

The State Department said Monday that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will testify before Congress about security failures in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Published January 7, 2013