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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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The flow of battle-hardened jihadis fleeing the black banners of the Islamic State in the face of the coalition onslaught in Syria and Iraq, seeking to rejoin their brothers in arms in al Qaeda, is already underway, a top national security analyst said. (Associated Press/File)

Islamic State in talks for terrifying merger with al Qaeda as battlefield defeats mount

The Islamic State group and al Qaeda, long rivals for supremacy in the jihadi struggle, are feeling more pressure to combine as the Islamic State loses its territorial base in Syria and Iraq and the still-potent terrorist network founded by Osama bin Laden prepares to welcome legions of foreign fighters fleeing the advancing U.S.-backed coalition, analysts and officials in the region say. Published April 26, 2017

A U.S. Air Force U-2 spy plane prepares to land at Osan Air Base in South Korea. South Korea's military said Tuesday that North Korea held major live-fire drills in an area around its eastern coastal town of Wonsan as it marked the anniversary of the founding of its military. (Associated Press)

Entire Senate to get rare briefing at White House on North Korea crisis

President Trump's top security aides will host an unusual White House briefing on North Korea for the entire U.S. Senate on Wednesday amid rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula and pressure on Washington to organize an effective response to Pyongyang's increasingly brazen military provocations and nuclear tests. Published April 25, 2017

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, welcomes Defense Secretary-designate James Mattis on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, prior to the start of Mattis confirmation hearing before the committee.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

McCain tells Trump to get tougher on China about North Korea

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain suggested Tuesday that he'll push the Trump administration to take a harder line toward China over North Korea's nuclear provocations when senators head to the White House Wednesday for an unusual group briefing on Pyongyang's activities. Published April 25, 2017

In this Feb. 5, 2016, file photo, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks from the balcony of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. Two media reports say U.S. prosecutors are preparing or closely considering charges against the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, including  Assange, for revealing sensitive government secrets. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File) **FILE**

Authorities believe CIA employee or contractor supplied documents to WikiLeaks

Federal law enforcement authorities believe it was a vetted member of the U.S. intelligence community -- either an official CIA employee or a contractor -- who supplied WikiLeaks with a trove of documents that the anti-secrecy group published last month purporting to expose the agency's vast clandestine cyberoperations. Published April 20, 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson criticized the Iran nuclear deal. "The Trump administration has no intention of passing the buck," he said Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Tillerson promises hard look at Iranian aggression

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson slammed the Iran nuclear deal Wednesday -- just a day after the Trump administration had begrudgingly acknowledged that Tehran is complying with the terms of the 2015 multinational accord negotiated under former President Obama. Published April 19, 2017

This Thursday, Sept. 28, 2006, file photo provided by the U.S. Air Force shows an F-15C Eagle from the 12th Fighter Squadron at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska, flying next to a Russian Tu-95 "Bear" bomber, right, during a Russian exercise which brought the bomber near the west coast of Alaska. (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force) ** FILE **

U.S. intercepts 2 Russian bombers off Alaska's coast

U.S. military officials said a pair of American fighter jets intercepted and escorted two Russian bombers away from Alaska's coastline during a high-stakes encounter in international airspace Monday. Published April 18, 2017

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, delivers a speech during a rally of supporters a day after the referendum, outside the Presidential Palace, in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, April 17, 2017. Turkey's main opposition party urged the country's electoral board Monday to cancel the results of a landmark referendum that granted sweeping new powers to Erdogan, citing what it called substantial voting irregularities. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Trump, unlike allies, congratulates Turkish President Erdogan on referendum

Sunday's referendum narrowly granting expansive new powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may distance Turkey from the pro-democracy forces of Western Europe, but could bring it closer to Washington, where the Trump administration has shown itself eager to build counterterrorism alliances with perceived strongmen in the Middle East. Published April 17, 2017

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan waves to supporters in Istanbul, Turkey, on Sunday, April 16, 2017. Erdogan declared victory in Sunday's historic referendum that will grant sweeping powers to the presidency, hailing the result as a "historic decision." (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Erdogan, Turkish president, granted sweeping powers in referendum vote

Turkish voters chose Sunday to fundamentally restructure their government from parliamentary rule to a presidential system that grants sweeping powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the nation's current ruler and driving force behind the change. Published April 16, 2017

World divides over Trump Syria strikes, awaits next steps

Russia and Iran expressed outrage and U.N. officials responded with caution to President Trump's punitive missile strike against Syria Thursday evening over its suspected use of chemical weapons, but Mr. Trump's first use of U.S. military force also was met with expressions of support for the action from around the world. Published April 7, 2017

Rep. Devin Nunes, California Republican, authored a letter seeking documents related to federal agencies' relationship with former British spy Christopher Steele, who authored a salacious dossier of President Trump's supposed activities in Russia. (Associated Press/File)

Nunes steps aside in Russian meddling probe, says Rice 'unmasking' revelation was worth it

Republican insiders say Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, got the "genie out of the bottle" regarding suspected misconduct by President Obama's top national security aide, Susan E. Rice, and that his surprise decision Thursday to step aside from leading the panel's probe into Russian meddling in the presidential election was worth it. Published April 6, 2017

As President Trump prepares to host his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, a reversal has emerged: The U.S. leader is seen as a wild card, skeptical of trade deals. (Associated Press)

Brash Donald Trump, careful Xi Jinping to meet at Florida summit

Chinese President Xi Jinping's calculated style will come face-to-face with President Trump's off-the-cuff approach to diplomacy Thursday when the two gather at Mr. Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida for what could be the highest stakes U.S.-China summit in more than a decade. Published April 6, 2017

Former National Security Adviser Rice denies wrongdoing, political motives, schemes

Former National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice categorically denied Tuesday that she did anything wrong by unmasking the identities of Trump campaign officials swept up in U.S. surveillance, while the Republican chairman of a Senate probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election said his panel may want her to testify. Published April 4, 2017

Records of former National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice that were shipped to a heavily secure archive for Barack Obama's presidential library will eventually be reviewed by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, two high-level sources told The Washington Times. (Associated Press/File)

'Smoking gun': Susan Rice asked for 'unmasking' of Trump campaign officials

The Obama administration's national security adviser played a central role in "unmasking" several Trump campaign officials who had been swept up in U.S. surveillance operations against foreign targets during last year's presidential election campaign, according to current White House officials and sources on Capitol Hill. Published April 3, 2017

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., right, and Vice Chairman Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., listen to testimony during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 30, 2017, on Russian intelligence activities. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) **FILE**

Senate intel chief: Americans 'deserve to hear the truth' on Russian meddling

The American public "deserves to hear the truth about possible Russian involvement in our elections," the Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Thursday as the panel opened its first hearing in what is expected to be a monthslong probe and public examination of Moscow's activities. Published March 30, 2017

Tension bedeviling Tillerson's Turkey talks

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson faces what could be the most delicate and complicated diplomatic trip of his tenure so far when he meets Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara Thursday for bilateral talks on Syria, Iraq, the Kurds and Mr. Erdogan's obsession with U.S.-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen. Published March 29, 2017

President Trump's team wasted little time putting together a new budget for the rest of the fiscal year. Officials have already quietly pressured Congress to carve nearly $3 billion out of diplomatic programs that had been previously approved. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump White House budget asks for almost $3 billion in diplomatic program cuts

The Trump White House isn't waiting for the new fiscal year to start cutting back federal spending for the State Department and foreign aid, as administration officials have already quietly pressured Congress to carve nearly $3 billion out of diplomatic programs previously approved for the current fiscal year. Published March 29, 2017

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes faces growing calls for him to step away from the panel's Russia investigation as revelations about a secret source meeting on White House grounds raised questions about his independence. (Associated Press)

Nunes firm in partisan fire over Russia probe

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes showed no sign of buckling beneath growing Democratic demands Tuesday that he recuse himself from a probe into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election, as the White House blasted the media anew over what officials say is its obsession with alleged Trump campaign connections to Moscow. Published March 28, 2017

In 2011, the Muslim Brotherhood briefly was elected democratically to power in Egypt before its leader, Mohammed Morsi, was ousted from power. (Associated press)

How to deal with Muslim Brotherhood triggers Trump White House infighting

President Trump has -- for the time being -- put on the back burner an executive order designating the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, according to U.S. officials close to a heated debate inside the administration over the status of the global Islamist movement. Published March 27, 2017