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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 coverage. He has reported from dozens of countries and been a guest on the BBC, CNN, NPR, FOX, C-SPAN and The McLaughlin Group.

A series Mr. Taylor led on the motives and fallout around Russia's attempts to influence the 2016 U.S. election was recognized with a Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency, and a Society for Professional Journalists award. In 2012, he won a Virginia Press Association award for reporting on political, economic and security developments in Mexico.

Prior to joining The Times in 2011, Mr. Taylor's was supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the Fund For Investigative Journalism. He wrote for a variety publications, from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to Salon, Reason, Prospect, the Daily Star of Beirut, the Jerusalem Post and the St. Petersburg Times. He also served as an
editor at World Politics Review, wrote for America's Quarterly and produced videos and feature stories for Agence France-Presse.

Mr. Taylor is a graduate of Clark University and was part of a team who won a Society of Professional Journalists award for their reporting on the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

He can be reached at [email protected].

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President Donald Trump speaks about Turkey as he arrives at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Foreign policy 'realists' cheer Trump's Syria withdrawal: 'Not only appropriate, but overdue'

Some U.S. foreign policy "realists" are cheering on President Trump's recent course change in the Middle East, saying that despite its clumsy implementation, the move cuts through contradictions at the heart of the American policy and puts the onus of regional powers to resolve Syria's eight-year-civil war and prevent an Islamic State resurgence there. Published October 17, 2019

Turkish tanks and troops stationed near Syrian town of Manbij, Syria, Tuesday. Oct. 15, 2019. Russia moved to fill the void left by the United States in northern Syria on Tuesday, deploying troops to keep apart advancing Syrian government and Turkish forces.(Ugur Can/DHA via AP)

Russian forces sweep into U.S. base abandoned in Syria

Russian forces began sweeping in to fill a security void left by withdrawing American troops in northern Syria on Tuesday, with Moscow-backed mercenaries taking control of a strategic former U.S. special operations outpost and Russian troops engaging in armored patrols as the new buffer between Turkish and Syrian armies. Published October 15, 2019

President Donald Trump bows his head down as they say their prayer at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Trump's bid to end 'forever wars' undercut by Saudi troop deployment

President Trump has stoked his political base by touting the withdrawal of more than 1,000 U.S. troops from Syria as keeping his 2016 campaign promise to end American involvement in foreign "forever wars." The problem is that the Pentagon's near-simultaneous deployment of some 3,000 troops and advanced missiles to Saudi Arabia is likely to trigger an escalation with Iran that could undercut Mr. Trump's determination to get the U.S. military out Middle East entanglements. Published October 14, 2019

U.S. deploying 3,000 troops, advanced equipment to Saudi Arabia

The U.S. military is significantly increasing troop deployments to Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said Friday, announcing that 3,000 American personnel -- including two fighter squadrons and an air expeditionary wing -- will be sent to the Persian Gulf nation, as well as advanced missile defense systems. Published October 11, 2019

A Kurd living in Cyprus shouts slogans and holds a banner showing the U.S President Donald Trump, in front of the U.S. embassy to protest Turkey's offensive into Syria, in Nicosia, Cyprus, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. The protesters, waving Cypriot and Kurdish flags as well as placards pledging support for Syria's Kurdish population, chanted slogans condemning Turkey's military action and urged for the withdrawal of Turkish forces. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Kurds slam Trump: 'I want him to know he's responsible' for deaths, ISIS resurgence

President Trump is personally responsible for deaths and injuries sustained by U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in northern Syria as a Turkish military assault advances, and he bears the blame for a looming resurgence of the Islamic State terror group, a spokeswoman for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) told The Washington Times on Thursday. Published October 10, 2019

Fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces, SDF, march during a demonstration against possible Turkish military operation in their areas in Al-Qahtaniya, Syria, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. Syria's Kurds accused the U.S. of turning its back on its allies and risking gains made in the fight against the Islamic State group as American troops began pulling back on Monday from positions in northeastern Syria ahead of an expected Turkish assault. (AP Photo/Baderkhan Ahmad)

Mass release of imprisoned ISIS fighters feared as U.S. withdraws from Syria

President Trump's decision to pull American forces from key posts in Syria set U.S. counterterrorism officials on edge Monday amid concern that the move will lead to the headlong release of thousands of hardened Islamic State fighters from makeshift prison camps there. Published October 7, 2019

In this June 30, 2019, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, left, meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the North Korean side of the border at the village of Panmunjom in Demilitarized Zone.  North Korea's chief negotiator says discussions with the U.S. on Pyongyang's nuclear program have broken down, but Washington says the two sides had "good discussions" that it intends to build on in two weeks. The North Korean negotiator, Kim Miyong-gil, said Saturday, Oct. 5, talks in Stockholm broke down "entirely because the U.S. has not discarded its old stance and attitude."  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

U.S. urges patience as N. Korea claims nuclear talks 'broke down'

The much-anticipated resumption of stalled nuclear negotiations with North Korea got off to a rocky start Saturday, with Pyongyang saying talks had collapsed within hours, while U.S. officials claimed there were "good discussions" and expressed hope for another round later this month. Published October 5, 2019

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets the media in Rome, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Italy at the start of a four-nation tour of Europe as the push to impeach President Donald Trump gains steam at home. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

'Swagger' or stumble? Mike Pompeo, State Department under scrutiny in Ukraine furor

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo came to Foggy Bottom last year vowing to get the State Department "its swagger back," a motto that was music to the ears of career diplomats after the plunging morale that had gripped the department during the brief tenure of President Trump's first secretary of state, Rex Tillerson. Published October 3, 2019

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's demand that President Trump and the U.S. deliver sweeping sanctions relief in exchange for only a partial dismantling of his nuclear arsenal forced February's Hanoi talks to collapse. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

U.S., North Korea weigh strategy as talks resume

U.S. negotiators will push their North Korean counterparts for concrete steps toward denuclearization in exchange for limited counter steps by Washington when the two sides meet this weekend for their first working-level talks since February's failed Hanoi summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Published October 1, 2019


Top Indian diplomat defends plans to buy Russian missile system

India's top diplomat on Monday defended his government's decision to purchase S-400 missile systems from Russia, saying that despite U.S. concerns that New Delhi should be allowed to buy what it wants from whomever it wants to meet its defense needs. Published September 30, 2019

 In this Sept. 21, 2019 file photo, Shiite Houthi tribesmen hold their weapons as they chant slogans during a tribal gathering showing support for the Houthi movement, in Sanaa, Yemen.  Yemen's Houthi rebels said late Friday night that they were halting drone and missile attacks against Saudi Arabia, one week after they claimed responsibility for a strike that crippled a key oil facility in the kingdom. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed) **FILE**

Killing of 500 Saudi soldiers in Yemen adds to U.S.-Iran tensions

Iran-backed rebels in Yemen said Sunday that they had killed 500 Saudi soldiers, adding to soaring tensions between Iran and the U.S., which has backed a Saudi-led military campaign against the rebels for the past four years. Published September 29, 2019

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers remarks during the United Against Nuclear Iran summit, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

U.S. targets Chinese firms for smuggling Iranian oil

The U.S. government is leveling new sanctions against Chinese companies evading the Trump administration-led embargo on Iranian crude oil, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday in a speech on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. Published September 25, 2019

In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani, right, shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron during their meeting on the sideline of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)

Trump seeks back channel talks with Rouhani to ease Iran-Saudi tensions

Saudi Arabia's top diplomat said Tuesday that the major attack this month on his country's oil infrastructure was "an act of war" by Iran, but he downplayed the notion that Saudi and U.S. forces are preparing to counter with military strikes of their own against Iran. Published September 24, 2019