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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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U.S. Navy SEALs in action. (U.S. Navy photo)

SEALs take over for drones as U.S. ups the stakes in fight against Al Qaeda

Clandestine U.S. military raids on terrorist targets in North Africa suggest the Obama administration is eager to send a message to an emerging generation of al Qaeda fighters: It does not matter where on the globe you are hiding, the U.S. is tracking you and willing to exert stealth military muscle — not just drones — to take you down. Published October 7, 2013

** FILE ** A young boy leads the hard-line Islamist al-Shabaab fighters as they conduct a military exercise in northern Mogadishu's Suqaholaha neighborhood in Somalia. The country's continuous violence appears to have increased recruiting efforts of young fighters, minors who can easily be indoctrinated. (Associated Press)

U.S. youths recruited for Somali terror group al-Shabab, hearing told

The head of the largest Somali-American youth organization told Congress on Thursday that the United States faces "an uphill battle" in the fight against the Somalia-based al-Shabab terrorist network's active recruiting operations in American cities. Published October 3, 2013

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro visits the General Command of the Bolivarian National Guard in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. Maduro announced the expulsion of U.S. charge d'affaires Kelly Keiderling and two other diplomats last Monday, accusing them of conspiring with "the extreme right" to sabotage the country's economy and power grid. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Expulsions from Venezuela show tensions endure in post-Chavez era

Tit-for-tat expulsions of diplomats by Venezuela and the United States this week show there has been little thawing in the tense relations between the two nations — more than six months after the death of outspoken Washington critic President Hugo Chavez and a week after President Obama was willing to talk by phone with Iran's new president. Published October 2, 2013

During a meeting Monday with President Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said "We have a saying in Hebrew, we call it 'mivchan hatotza'a.' You would say it in English, 'What's the bottom line?' And the bottom line, again, is that Iran fully dismantles its military nuclear program." (Associated press)

Netanyahu meets Obama at White House, shows support for nonmilitary Iran plan

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday warned the U.S. not to be fooled by Iran's recent openness toward negotiations with the West, but he also suggested for the first time that Israel could back a deal in which Iran proceeds with a nuclear program — as long as the program is not militarized. Published September 30, 2013

A Free Syrian Army fighter holds his son outside their home in Habit village, the Syrian central province of Hama, Wednesday, Sep. 25, 2013. (AP Photo)

U.N. votes to destroy Syrian chemical weapons stockpile

The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously on Friday night to secure and destroy Syria's chemical weapons — putting the weight of previously divided world powers behind the recent deal between the U.S. and Russia to pressure Syrian President Bashar Assad into giving up his chemical stockpile. Published September 27, 2013

Secretary of State John F. Kerry had a rare one-on-one meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif at a meeting of the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany during the 68th session of the U.N. General Assembly. (Associated Press)

U.N. reaches deal to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons; U.S. and Iran open talks

The U.N. Security Council's five permanent members reached an agreement Thursday to push through a resolution calling for the swift elimination of Syria's chemical weapons stockpile, a key development in fast-paced day of diplomacy that also featured the highest-level U.S.-Iranian meeting in years. Published September 26, 2013

President Barack Obama pauses during his joint news conference with Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at the Rosenbad Building in Stockholm, Sweden. The president said international community and Congress credibility on the line on response to Syria. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

On second thought...Assad can stay

The recent U.S.-Russia deal to rid Syria of its chemical weapons found the White House toning down its previous calls for Syrian President Bashar Assad to resign. Published September 25, 2013

**FILE** Sen. James M. Inhofe, Oklahoma Republican (Associated Press)

Freeze! Global gun grab treaty 'dead in the water,' Inhofe says

Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Wednesday formally signed a far-reaching international treaty in New York designed to regulate the international purchase and sale of conventional firearms — despite intense resistance from the American gun lobby and warnings from at least one Republican that the pact will never get ratified in Washington. Published September 24, 2013

Kenyan security personnel motion to bystanders to take cover as gunfire erupts from the Westgate Mall in Nairobi on Monday. Multiple blasts rocked the mall on the third day of a hostage siege. Al-Shabab terrorists were holding an unknown number of people. (Associated Press)

Terrorist attacks on soft targets feared in U.S.

U.S. law enforcement authorities are investigating claims, first made via Twitter over the weekend by the al-Shabab terrorist network and now by the Kenyan government, that three Somali-Americans are among the gunmen who committed the mall massacre in Kenya. Published September 23, 2013

"Destroying chemical weapons is extremely challenging," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican. A chemical weapons oxidation facility is being constructed in his state. (Associated Press)

Foot-draggers: U.S. and Russia slow to destroy own chemical weapons amid Syria smackdown

As the Obama administration presses the United Nations this week to rid Syria of its chemical weapons, it faces the stark reality that the United States has failed to meet a 2012 deadline to destroy its remaining arsenal and has never pressured its closest Middle East ally, Israel, to sign the treaty banning such weapons. Published September 22, 2013

This authenticated image from Aug. 21 purports to show several bodies being buried during a funeral in a suburb of Damascus after a chemical weapon was used against civilians. (Shaam News Network via Associated Press)

Obama warned of earlier sarin attacks in Syria, stayed mum until deaths hit masses

Well before last month's sarin nerve gas attack in a Damascus suburb, the Obama administration had gathered intelligence that chemical weapons had been used in Syria on multiple occasions but did not take action because there were debates about who was responsible and there was little public outcry, according to officials familiar with the intelligence. Published September 16, 2013

** FILE ** This Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009, file photo shows Syrian President Bashar Assad, seen, during a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, unseen, at the presidency in Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

ANALYSIS: Deal with Russians legitimizes Assad; raises prospect of partitioning Syria

The U.S.-Russia agreement to compel Syria to account for and destroy its chemical weapons completes what foreign policy insiders say is a dangerous about-face by the Obama administration — flipping from demanding Syrian President Bashar Assad's resignation to now legitimizing him as the lynchpin player in a tenuous deal. Published September 14, 2013

This authenticated image from Aug. 21 purports to show several bodies being buried during a funeral in a suburb of Damascus after a chemical weapon was used against civilians. (Shaam News Network via Associated Press)

U.S. can't prove Bashar Assad approved chemical attacks in Syria

U.S. intelligence has yet to uncover evidence that Syrian President Bashar Assad directly ordered the chemical attacks last month on civilians in a suburb of Damascus, though the consensus inside U.S. agencies and Congress is that members of Mr. Assad's inner circle likely gave the command, officials tell The Washington Times. Published September 11, 2013

Analysts counter claims on number of al Qaeda among Syrian rebels

Al Qaeda-linked groups operating alongside Syria's rebels are growing stronger, analysts told Congress on Tuesday, countering recent claims by the Obama administration and some senior lawmakers that extremists are playing only a marginal role in the civil war. Published September 10, 2013

**FILE** Rep. Michael McCaul, Texas Republican and House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct ranking member (Associated Press)

Lawmaker warns: Chaos from Assad fall could give al Qaeda chemical weapons

Should Syrian President Bashar Assad's government come apart chaotically — a possible ramification of U.S. military strikes — the risk is high that al Qaeda-linked groups among Syria's opposition forces could gain access to the nation's lethal chemical weapons stocks, the head of the House Homeland Security Committee warned Tuesday. Published September 10, 2013

**FILE** In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a Syrian military solider fires a heavy machine gun during clashes with rebels in Maaloula village, northeast of the capital Damascus, Syria, on Sept. 7, 2013. (Associated Press)

Al Qaeda's strength with Syrian rebels now being downplayed

The Obama administration has started to rebrand Syria's rebels by de-emphasizing the number of al Qaeda fighters among them — a move critics say is based on questionable intelligence designed to downplay the risks associated with a U.S. military strike on the regime of President Bashar Assad. Published September 9, 2013