Douglas Burton

Douglas Burton, a former State Department official in Kirkuk, Iraq, reports on national security issues in the Middle East for several news platforms.

Mounting Violence in Nigeria Tests Trump’s Africa Policy
Mounting Violence in Nigeria Tests Trump’s Africa Policy

A wave of gruesome mass killings in North Central Nigeria on Sunday, March 10, has prompted more calls for a special envoy to Nigeria and reconsideration of the Trump administration’s policy to West Africa.

Russia Stealth Invasion of Democracy Troll Factory 2016 Election
Russia’s Stealth Invasion of Democracy

Like it or not, the land of the free and the home of the brave has found itself smack dab in the middle of another Cold War with Russia. This time, the Russians have hit our shores with something we thought we had invented: social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

Caliphate Loses its Last Stronghold in Mosul
Caliphate Loses its Last Stronghold in Mosul

Heavy fighting continues in the cramped streets of Old Mosul even though the Iraqi flag flies over virtually every neighborhood after an epic urban battle not seen since World War II.

The Battle for Mosul and the End of History
The Battle for Mosul and the End of History

In the city of Mosul, gasping through its fifth month of urban warfare, two histories of the world are crossing.

Army of Psychologists Needed after Liberation in Mosul
Army of Psychologists Needed after Liberation in Mosul

The reconstruction team going into Mosul after liberation will need an army of psychologists who can treat the tens of thousands of people who have been traumatized.

Iraqi Turkmen Mosul Islamic State
Iraq’s Turkmen Block ISIS Escape Route from Mosul

The split within Iraq’s three-million strong Turkmen minority will test Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi’s intelligence and ingenuity as the complex and internecine conflict underway in Nineveh Province surrounding Mosul continues.