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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 [email protected].

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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

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

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

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visits the Bushehr nuclear power plant. (Associated Press/File)

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

Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner now claiming prosecutor's death was not a suicide

In an abrupt about-face, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner claimed Thursday that the prosecutor who turned up dead in the nation just days after accusing her of pursuing a secret deal to bury Iran's alleged role in a 1994 bombing at a Buenos Aires Jewish center did not commit suicide. Published January 22, 2015

Mourners prepare to bury bodies of the entire family of Khalil Abdullah in the Shiite holy city of Najaf. Nearly six months ago Islamic State extremists kidnapped Abdullah and his family members after the occupation of Jalula, a town northeast of Baghdad. Recently, Iraqi soldiers retook control of Jalula and found the family slain. (Associated Press photographs)

Iraq's prime minister complains of lack of help in terror fight

Iraq's prime minister complained Monday that the international community has left his nation largely in the lurch against the extremist Islamic State movement, even as U.S. and European officials scrambled to revamp their strategy for countering Mideast-based jihadis following this month's Paris terrorist attacks. Published January 21, 2015

Houthi Shiite Yemeni gather Tuesday while guarding a street leading to the presidential palace in Sanaa, Yemen. (Associated Press)

Yemen unrest undermines U.S. operations against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

Yemen is veering closer toward the abyss of failed statehood amid violence that has surged just as European, American and Arab counterterrorism officials refocus their attention on the strategically positioned Persian Gulf nation — where at least one of the gunmen responsible for this month's Paris terrorist attacks received training. Published January 20, 2015

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau pledged support to al-Baghdadi's group in a video circulated in July, and has, in the months since, begun including the jihadi black banner as well as the Islamic State's de facto anthem, 'My Umma, Dawn has Arrived,' to "the musical repertoire on its videos," said Peter J. Pham, who heads the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council. (Associated Press)

Boko Haram embraces Islamic State model for extremist jihad

With the world's attention focused on Paris, analysts and intelligence officials are picking up an equally disturbing development on the global jihadi landscape: the growing connection between the Middle East-based Islamic State and the shadowy Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram. Published January 14, 2015


Obama administration picks Marine to head DIA

The Obama administration announced Tuesday the appointment of Marine Corps Gen. Vincent R. Stewart, who presently serves in a key cybersecurity position of the U.S. military, to become the next director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Published January 13, 2015

Paris residents captured chilling video images after an attack at a French satirical newspaper. French officials are dealing with challenges of an evolving terrorist group. (Associated Press)

France fears more terrorists still at large after Charlie Hebdo attack

French authorities said Monday that as many as six members of a terrorist sleeper cell involved in last week's attack on a satirical magazine in Paris may still be at large, as U.S. officials investigated the actual role played by al Qaeda's main affiliate in the Middle East. Published January 12, 2015

Greek Cypriots cast a suspicious eye on the Cypriot gas pipeline project, as the EU selected a plan that went out of its way to exclude Turkish participation. (associated press)

Cypriot union threatened by dispute over oil and gas rights

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: A top official from the Turkish north of Cyprus says the Greek Cypriot government has jeopardized a delicate peace process between the two long-divided sides by pursuing "hegemony" over oil and gas exploration operations in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Published January 11, 2015

David Cohen, the Treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, talks about actions the Treasury Department is taking to combat financing for the Islamic State group during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington on Oct. 23, 2014. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Obama tabs Treasury Department official as CIA deputy director

A top Treasury Department official seen as a key architect of the Obama administration's use of sanctions against Iran and several terrorist organizations including the Islamic State has been tapped by the president to serve as deputy director of the CIA. Published January 9, 2015

People light candles as they pay tribute to victims of the attack against the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, in front of the French embassy in Budapest, Hungary, on Thursday, a day after 12 people were slain by two armed men who stormed the Paris offices of the magazine. Inscriptions read "I am Charlie". (Associated Press)

Paris newspaper attack underscores terrorist shift to 'soft targets'

Where the al Qaeda of Osama bin Laden's leadership flew an airplane into the Pentagon in a meticulously prepared operation, the tip of today's global jihadi spear is increasingly pointed at exploiting such "soft targets" as shopping malls, sporting events, tourist attractions and, in the case of this week's horror in Paris, the office of a satirical news magazine. Published January 8, 2015