Author: Douglas Burton

Douglas Burton

Douglas Burton is an independent writer in Washington, D.C. who spent two years in the U.S. State Department during the U.S. occupation of Iraq in 2005-2007. Message him at


Trump Uses ‘Taboo’ Phrase to Send a Message to Terrorists’ Allies

By Douglas Burton Thursday, March 2, 2017

During his first speech to Congress, President Donald Trump forsook the practices of his predecessor when he used the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism.”

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Three Important Takeaways From Donald Trump’s Sensational Press Conference

By Douglas Burton Friday, February 17, 2017

During President Donald Trump’s combative press conference yesterday, he made three announcements that directly affect U.S. involvement in the Middle East.


From the Front Lines of Mosul: What Is ISIS Without Al-Baghdadi?

By Douglas Burton Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Iraqi military reported that its airstrike injured Islamic State leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi. Although unconfirmed, what would this development mean for ISIS?


Islamic State Employs Drone Warfare Against U.S. Coalition in Iraq

By Douglas Burton Friday, February 10, 2017

Weaponized Unmanned Aerial Vehicles – drones – have recently been spotted flying above the Iraqi countryside as a high-profile weapon of the Islamic State.


Killer Ideology Touches Down in Germany

By Douglas Burton Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Following several recent German “lone-wolf” attacks, many scholars are now arguing that “there is no such thing as ‘lone-wolf’ terrorism.”


Christmas Trees Make a Comeback in Iraq

By Douglas Burton Saturday, December 24, 2016

No one knows how long Iraq will need to fight its way out of the nightmare of war, but for now, the Christmas tree stands as a bright symbol of hope.


Kurdish Militants Claim Terror Attack Killing 44 in Istanbul

By Douglas Burton Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Despite militants’ claim that they carried out twin attacks in Turkey, many are blaming President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government for the bombings.


Yazidi Women Take Up Arms to Avenge Genocide Victims

By Douglas Burton Tuesday, November 22, 2016

“We know that the people that ISIS holds as hostage are waiting for us to rescue them. We will not stop until we liberate our women and take revenge.”


Leaving Nineveh is Hard to Do

By Douglas Burton Wednesday, October 19, 2016

“We had to leave Mosul because they are killing people every day.” Caravans of people who have had enough are surging out of the area on a daily basis.


Ankara Shows its Hand in the Campaign to Liberate Mosul

By Douglas Burton Friday, October 7, 2016

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s recent comments have thrown a monkey wrench into the Iraqi Coalition’s plans to liberate ISIS-held Mosul.