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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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Libyan security forces stand in front of the security headquarters, one showing his weapon with a Libyan flag, in the western city of Sabratha, Libya, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. American fighter-bombers struck an Islamic State militant training camp in rural Libya near Sabratha Friday, killing dozens. Serbian officials say two Serbian embassy staffers who had been held hostage since November are believed to have been killed in the airstrikes. Washington and its European allies are seeking to end the interminable divisions among Libyan factions to form a unity government that the West can support in fighting the jihadis. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa)

U.S. launches ISIS airstrikes in Libya

U.S. forces have begun a series of "precision airstrikes" against the Islamic State's main branch in Libya, the Pentagon said Monday, signaling an expansion of American military action against the group, whose footprint has spread into North Africa over the past year. Published August 1, 2016

Tunisian and French officials say Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel was not previously known to intelligence services in either nation, although he had a petty criminal record in Nice, where he had been living since about 2005. (Associated Press)

Nice, France, Bastille Day truck attacker was 'radicalized very quickly'

Authorities detained seven people over the weekend in a probe of Thursday's attack that killed 84 people, but officials were still scrambling Sunday to figure out whether the truck driver who plowed through Bastille Day crowds acted alone or as part of a terrorist cell. Published July 17, 2016

The plate of the interphone shows the name of Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel outside the building where he lived in Nice, southern France, Saturday, July 16, 2016. The man responsible for turning a night of celebration into one of carnage in the seaside city of Nice was a petty criminal who hadn't been on the radar of French intelligence services before the attack.  (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

ISIS claims responsibility for Bastille Day attack in Nice

NICE, France -- The Islamic State claimed responsibility Saturday for the attack that killed at least 84 people in this southern French city, as authorities scrambled to determine whether attacker acted on an order from the terrorist group or may have been inspired by its extremist propaganda. Published July 16, 2016

A woman puts flowers near the scene where a truck mowed through revelers in Nice, southern France, Friday, July 15, 2016.  A large truck mowed through revelers gathered for Bastille Day fireworks in Nice, killing more than 80 people and sending people fleeing into the sea as it bore down for more than a mile along the Riviera city's famed waterfront promenade. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Macabre scene: Nice reels as officials probe deadly Bastille Day truck terror attack

A blanket of shock, sadness and fear hung thick in the air here Friday, as residents and tourists struggled to comprehend the horror that left 84 people, including an American father and son, dead on Thursday night when a large truck mowed down crowds of Bastille Day revelers along the city's vast beachfront promenade. Published July 15, 2016

Forensic officers work at the scene of the truck attack that targeted Bastille Day revelers in Nice, France, on Friday. (Associated Press)

At least 80 killed in Bastille Day terror attack in Nice, France

France's national holiday turned bloody and violent Thursday night in the southern resort city of Nice, as a weapons-laden truck drove through crowds of Bastille Day revelers for more than a mile in an attack the French president labeled as terrorism. Published July 14, 2016

FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2006 file photo, men stand at a graveyard where the dead of 1988 gas attack on Halabja, Iraq, by Saddam Hussein's regime were laid to rest. Donald Trump gives credit where credit isnt due when he brands Saddam Hussein a potent foil of terrorists. Iraqs dictator was responsible for gassing thousands of Kurdish civilians, using chemical weapons against Iran, invading Kuwait, crushing political dissent and giving money to the families of Palestinian suicide bombers who terrorized Israelis. (AP Photo/Yahya Ahmed, File)

Iranian dissidents gather in Paris, slam U.S.' nukes deal

In the biggest gathering of its kind, thousands of Iranian dissidents -- and no shortage of former high-level American officials from both sides of the aisle -- will converge here Saturday for a giant rally calling for the downfall of Iran's theocratic government. Published July 7, 2016

In this image taken from DHA TV, a police cordon is set up outside Istanbul's Ataturk airport, Tuesday June 28, 2016. Two explosions rocked Istanbul's Ataturk airport on Tuesday evening, according to a Turkish official. (DHA TV via AP) TURKEY OUT.

2 explosions rock Istanbul airport, at least 10 killed and dozens injured

Two explosions rocked Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport Tuesday when two suicide bombers detonated their explosive vests near the entrance of the main terminal, according to officials and initial reports, which said at least 10 people were killed and as many as 40 injured. Published June 28, 2016

President of France Francois Hollande (left), German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said they agreed there will be no formal or informal talks until the British government formally declares its intention to quit the European Union. (Associated Press)

Brexit pushes British pound to 31-year low as world leaders plead for calm amid chaos

The Brexit fallout continued to unsettle Britain and the European Union on Monday, as another leading credit rating agency slashed the U.K. government's credit rating, Britain's leading parties were consumed by infighting and visiting Secretary of State John F. Kerry urged EU leaders to avoid "half-cocked" theatrics as they struggled to work out the mechanics and timing of Britain's divorce from the 28-member bloc. Published June 27, 2016

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, speaks during a media conference with European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini, right, at EU headquarters in Brussels on Monday, June 27, 2016. Kerry is on a one day trip to meet with NATO and EU officials. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Kerry warns Europeans not to 'go off half-cocked'

Secretary of State John F. Kerry urged European Union leaders Monday to avoid political theatrics and "revengeful" infighting as they cope with the uncertainties surrounding Britain's departure from the 28-member bloc. Published June 27, 2016

Marco Leon Calarca, member of the FARC, accompanied by Marcela Duran, the Colombian delegation's head of press, speaks about a deal on bilateral cease-fire that would be the last major step toward ending one of the world's longest wars. (Associated Press)

Colombia, FARC to make cease-fire, disarmament official after half-century civil war

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and regional leaders are set to descend Thursday on Havana to celebrate what could be the last major step toward ending the Western Hemisphere's longest-running war, as Colombia's government and leftist FARC rebels sign a much-anticipated cease-fire and disarmament deal. Published June 22, 2016

Bahrain's government stripped a leading Shiite cleric, Sheikh Isa Qassim, of his nationality following a request from the country's Interior Ministry. The Bahrain News Agency quotes the Interior Ministry Monday, June 20, 2016, as saying the cleric had played a key role in creating an extremist sectarian atmosphere and working to divide the society. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)

U.S. worries about Bahrain crackdown on democratic dissent

U.S. officials said they were "deeply troubled" by Bahrain's decision to strip an influential Shiite cleric of his citizenship Monday, a move that has triggered major protests in the tiny Persian Gulf nation and stoked regional tensions between nearby Saudi Arabia and Iran. Published June 20, 2016

Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a news conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in Oslo on June 15, 2016. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Kerry: Internal cable slamming Obama's Syria policy is 'very good'

Secretary of State John F. Kerry says he's preparing to meet with the 51 American diplomats who signed an internal State Department cable slamming the Obama administration's Syria policy and calling for U.S. military strikes against forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad. Published June 20, 2016

Memo from dissenting diplomats unlikely to change Obama's policy on Syria

The Obama administration has struggled to downplay the fallout from a leaked internal State Department cable signed by more than 50 midlevel diplomats slamming the White House's Syria policy and calling for "targeted [U.S.] military strikes" against forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad to boost embattled pro-U.S. rebel forces. Published June 17, 2016