Free Beacon Douglas Burton

Douglas Burton is a former U.S. State Department official in Kirkuk, Iraq, and writes news and commentary from Washington, D.C. queries to

Dozens of Terrorists at Large in Kirkuk

Friday's spectacular ISIS attack intended to draw forces from Mosul

October 25, 2016
Mideast Iraq

Terrorists Cornered in Kirkuk After Complex Attack

ISIS counterattacks in another district after campaign to take back Mosul begins

October 21, 2016
Mideast Iraq Mosul

Iraqi Advance Into Mosul Exceeds Expectations

Islamic State fighters brace for defeat

October 19, 2016

Baghdadi Survives Coup Attempt as Mosul Offensive Begins

ISIS defectors in police force try overthrowing group’s rule as coalition forces draw closer

October 17, 2016
The body of an Islamic State militant lays on the ground after a repelled attack from the militants by the Iraqi army, outside the town of Qayyarah, Tuesday Oct. 4 / AP

Fog of War Claims 21 Tribal Fighters in Mosul Campaign

U.S. military officials, Iraqi army announce joint investigation

October 6, 2016

ISIS Has Built ‘Hell on Earth’ in Mosul

Rickety multi-ethnic coalition prepares for showdown with caliphate

September 29, 2016
Peshmerga Kurdish Forces patrol an area of about 30 kilometers around the Mosul dam, northern Iraq on August 19, 2014 /

Uncertainty Roils Planning for Mosul Liberation

ISIS fighters fleeing Iraq’s second largest city as coalition forces prepare for tough fight

September 23, 2016

Iraqi Woman Guides Militia in Shirqat Liberation

Iraqi forces tighten noose on ISIS stronghold in Mosul

September 23, 2016
civilians flee Fallujah June 2

ISIS Fighters Flee Fallujah in Dresses

Iraqi Army battles to secure district, shift to Mosul

June 22, 2016