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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

An armored vehicle rides during an exercise this week at the Kuzminsky military training ground outside the village of Chkalovo near the Russian-Ukrainian border. (AP)

U.S. slams Russian attempts to hide operations and bodies in eastern Ukraine

The State Department on Thursday slammed the Russian government's decision to stop making public its peacetime military casualties, calling the decree a clear attempt by Moscow to hide the deaths of Russian soldiers conducting clandestine operations inside eastern Ukraine. Published May 28, 2015

atoll: China's alleged ongoing reclamation of Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea is raising notices of Western nations concerned China may be attempting to assert dominance. (Associated Press)

Beijing brushes off South China Sea complaints, adopts aggressive military stance

U.S. officials pushed back Tuesday against China's attempt to justify its construction of artificial islands and naval bases in the contested South China Sea -- and expressed wariness over a new Chinese Defense Ministry policy paper that analysts say is the most assertive military document issued to date by Beijing. Published May 26, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin has sought to downplay the effects of U.S. and European sanctions on his country's economy, asserting that Russia has managed to survive the economic assault from the West. (Associated Press)

Russia recovery talk premature as sanctions threaten to cripple economy

Russian government officials -- and even some outside banking institutions -- are sounding increasingly confident that the Russian economy has weathered the storm brought on by U.S. and European sanctions, but some private analysts say the worst is yet to come. Published May 25, 2015

FILE - In this March 20, 2014 file photo, Al-Qaida fighters wave al-Qaida flags as they patrol in a commandeered Iraqi military vehicle in Fallujah, Iraq. Is there a plan B for Iraq? The fall of Ramadi shows the Iraqi army is still weak, Sunni-Shiite reconciliation is slow and U.S. bombing is not decisively helping. (AP Photo, File)

McCain rips Obama administration over losses in Middle East

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain ripped into President Obama's policy for combating the Islamic State, asserting in a hearing Thursday that the extremists' takeover of the Iraqi city of Ramadi this week "highlights the shortcomings of the administration's indecisive policy, inadequate commitment and incoherent strategy." Published May 21, 2015

****COPYRIGHT CLAIM****FILE - This is an undated file photo of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, in Afghanistan. Say you're sorry. That's what the Pakistani government says it wants from the United States in order to jump-start a number of initiatives between the two countries that would help the hunt for al Qaeda in Pakistan and smooth the end of the war in Afghanistan. Pakistan wants the U.S. to apologize for a border incident in November 2011 in which the U.S. killed 24 Pakistani troops in an airstrike. The Pakistanis have put the apology at the top of a long list of demands to address what they see as insults to national pride and sovereignty _ from the Navy SEAL raid onto Pakistani territory last year that killed Osama bin Laden to the steady U.S. drone strikes on Pakistani territory. (AP Photo, File)

Osama bin Laden seen as isolated, frustrated in documents

Al Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden spent his final years pleading with followers to stay focused on the goal of large-scale attacks against Americans, and avoid getting sucked into the regional wars and Muslim-on-Muslim violence that have come to define so much of the global jihadi narrative since his death. Published May 20, 2015

A Russian air force Mi-26 helicopter, front, flies over Red Square during the Victory Parade marking the 70th anniversary of the defeat of the Nazis in World War II, in Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, May 9, 2015. (Host photo agency/RIA Novosti Pool Photo via AP) ** FILE **

Russian aggression prompts Baltic nations to seek NATO force

Reflecting growing nervousness about recent aggressive moves from Russia, NATO's three Baltic members -- Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania -- said Thursday that they will ask the alliance to permanently deploy thousands of ground troops to their nations, prompting a quick and sharp condemnation from Moscow. Published May 14, 2015

Secretary of State John F. Kerry hopes to keep the Ukraine situation separate from his push for a new dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin over Syria, U.S. officials said Monday. (Associated Press)

John Kerry faces tough task in enlisting Vladimir Putin's aid in Syria

Secretary of State John F. Kerry hopes to focus ending Syria's war when he meets Tuesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but will steer clear of trying to "normalize" U.S.-Russia relations in his first face-to-face meeting with the Russian leader since relations plummeted over the confrontation in Ukraine. Published May 11, 2015

Iraqi Kurdistan Regional President Masoud Barzani, left, is escorted into West Wing of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 5, 2015, where he is scheduled to meet with Vice President Joe Biden. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Iraqi Kurdish chief hopes to sidestep region's clash with Iran

Iran's influence over the Middle East is expanding but the region's Kurds are determined to stay neutral in the face of tensions stemming from Tehran's role in conflicts from Iraq to Syria and Yemen, the president of Iraq's Kurdistan region said Friday. Published May 8, 2015

President of the Kurdistan Regional Government Massoud Barzani (Associated Press) **FILE**

Kurdish leader says his people will one day declare independence

The president of Kurdistan's regional government told an audience in Washington on Wednesday that the Kurds will hold a referendum on independence from Iraq when hostilities surrounding the war against Islamic State extremists in the nation are resolved. Published May 6, 2015

The Obama administration is quietly negotiating weapons deals with the Saudia Arabian kingdom, which is wary of a deal between the U.S. and Iran over nuclear weapons. (Associated Press)

Obama weighs offering Saudi Arabia weapons provided only to Israel

The Obama administration is quietly pushing Sunni Arab allies in the Persian Gulf to create an advanced missile defense system, and is preparing to ramp up sophisticated weapons sales to Saudi Arabia in an effort to ease regional fears over a potential nuclear deal with Iran. Published May 5, 2015

Russia-backed rebels take positions on the outskirts of Donetsk, Ukraine in April. Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove said that Russia and pro-Russia separatist forces exploited the cease-fire to "reset and reposition themselves" in eastern Ukraine. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Russia exploiting Ukraine cease-fire, NATO general tells lawmakers

The U.S. commander of NATO said Thursday that Russia and pro-Russia separatist forces exploited the recent cease-fire in eastern Ukraine to "reset and reposition themselves" and appear now to be preparing for a fresh offensive against Ukraine's military. Published April 30, 2015

FILE - In this March 25, 2015 file photo, then Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the U.S. Adel Al-Jubeir speaks during a news conference at the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington. On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, King Salman replaced Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal -- who has held the position for 40 years -- with Adel al-Jubeir, the ambassador to the U.S., who is not a member of the royal family but has been the public face of the Yemen air campaign. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Saudi shake-up won't undercut ties, U.S. says

The Obama administration said a major power shake-up in Saudi Arabia, where the nation's counterterrorism czar was abruptly promoted to crown prince and its ambassador to the U.S. elevated to foreign minister, would not undercut relations with one of Washington's most critical Middle East allies. Published April 29, 2015

Russia is building up its submarine forces in Asia, and Moscow's military forces are seeking increased influence in the Arctic region, Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia, Adm. Samuel Locklear testified to the House Armed Services Committee. (Associated Press)

Finland fires on suspected Russian submarine in waters off Helsinki

Six months after a Russian sub lurking off the coast of Stockholm triggered Sweden's biggest naval mobilization since the Cold War, Finland said Tuesday that its military had fired underwater depth charges at a suspicious vessel in waters near Helsinki. Published April 28, 2015