Author: 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 BurtonnewsandviewsATgmail.com.
Trump Uses ‘Taboo’ Phrase to Send a Message to Terrorists’ AlliesThursday, 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.”
Three Important Takeaways From Donald Trump’s Sensational Press ConferenceFriday, 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?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 IraqFriday, 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 GermanyTuesday, 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 IraqSaturday, 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 IstanbulTuesday, 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 VictimsTuesday, 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 DoWednesday, 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 MosulFriday, 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.