I've checked in occasionally on Michael Totten's Middle East Journal for his independent reporting on the middle east. Most recently a few months back when he was reporting on the conflict between Israel and Lebanon. And a while ago he posted some good material from Kurdistan. His entries are relatively long by Internet standards, but they tend to be worth the read.
He is now in Baghdad. His reporting from there has started. He is "embedded" so not a complete freelancer of course and what he sees is going to be somewhat controlled. But it is still fascinating. I'm linking to the articles so far below, and will be checking his site for the continuations as they happen.