Charles Stratford

Charles Stratford

Charles Stratford is a correspondent with Al Jazeera English. He has covered politics and conflicts in various countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan, and the Palestinian Occupied Territories.

Kurds

Kurds lose vital oil fields after Iraqi forces capture Kirkuk

The oil fields around Kirkuk were the source of billions of dollars of revenue for the Kurdish regional government (KRG).

Kurds lose vital oil fields after Iraqi forces capture Kirkuk

Middle East

Iraqi forces seize more territory in northern Iraq

A day after government troops took control of the city of Kirkuk, Kurdish forces have relinquished more territory to Iraqi forces in disputed areas of northern Iraq.

Iraqi forces seize more territory in northern Iraq

Kurds

Iraqi army takes 'full control’ of Kirkuk from Kurdish forces

Government forces in Iraq have taken full control of the contested city of Kirkuk without any opposition from Kurdish fighters who had controlled it.

Iraqi army takes 'full control’ of Kirkuk from Kurdish forces

Middle East

Iranian Kurds back Iraqi Kurdish secession

The governments of Iraq, Turkey and Iran have joined ranks in announcing new measures against Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government, or KRG.

Iranian Kurds back Iraqi Kurdish secession

Middle East

Tal Afar after ISIL: Iraqi army focuses on IEDs and booby traps

It is expected to take four years and up to $4bn to rebuild towns in northern Iraq destroyed under ISIL rule.

Tal Afar after ISIL: Iraqi army focuses on IEDs and booby traps

Middle East

Hundreds of ISIL fighters surrender as army advances in Hawija

The battle against ISIL in the northern Iraqi town of Hawija is over.

Hundreds of ISIL fighters surrender as army advances in Hawija

Middle East

Civilian cost of Iraq takeover of last ISIL-held towns

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says his military has retaken Hawija from ISIL. It is the main town in one of the last two Iraqi enclaves still partly held by ISIL fighters, and the last one in the country’s north.

Civilian cost of Iraq takeover of last ISIL-held towns

Middle East

Low turnout for Kurdish referendum in Iraq's Halabja

Iraq's former leader Saddam Hussain infamously used chemical weapons against the Kurds of the Halabja province in 1988. The attack is often cited in the argument for Kurdish autonomy.

Low turnout for Kurdish referendum in Iraq's Halabja

Middle East

Kirkuk's inclusion in Kurdish vote angers Iraq

The city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq has some of the biggest oil reserves in the country.

Kirkuk's inclusion in Kurdish vote angers Iraq

Syria's Civil War

Syria talks in Astana aim for lasting ceasefires

Representatives of government and opposition meet again in Kazakh capital with focus primarily on de-escalation zones.

Syria talks in Astana aim for lasting ceasefires

Africa

Ethiopia's bereaved families seek justice

Bereaved families in Ethiopia are demanding justice for 650 anti-government protesters who were killed last year.

Ethiopia's bereaved families seek justice

Africa

Eritrea rebels struggle as government allies with Gulf states

Armed opposition groups, which have been backed by neighbouring rival Ethiopia, have been struggling to put an end to the 25-year rule of Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki for many years.

Eritrea rebels struggle as government allies with Gulf states