Stefanie Dekker

Stefanie joined Al Jazeera English in November 2005. She has travelled extensively for Al Jazeera covering and reporting on stories from Angola, Iraq, Egypt, Afghanistan, Gaza, Israel and the United States.

Middle East

ISIL resists Syrian rebel effort to take Raqqa

The Syrian Democratic Forces, a US-backed alliance, has continued to advance one week after its operation to retake ISIL's last stronghold in Syria.

Middle East

Syrian soldiers push through ISIL, 'reach Iraqi border'

Syrian troops and allied forces fighting ISIL have reportedly reached the Iraqi border for the first time since 2015, advancing close to a strategic area.

Middle East

Syria: Aid agencies struggle amid battle for last ISIL stronghold

The battle for ISIL's last stronghold in Syria - Raqqa - has entered its fourth day. Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are moving slowly into the city.

Middle East

US-backed SDF forces launch offensive to drive ISIL from Raqqa

The SDF, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab rebels backed by the US-led coalition, say they're attacking the city from the east, west and north in an assault to push ISIL out of its operations base in Raqqa.


Russia: Anger in Moscow over house demolition bill

Thousands of people have demonstrated in Moscow against a proposed demolition of 10 percent of the Russian capital's low-cost housing stock.


Russia celebrates Victory Day with military parade in Red Square

Russia is marking the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II 72 years ago. President Vladimir Putin has attended a large military parade in Moscow. Victory Day is still one of the most important holidays in the country.


Macron email hack: Analysts accuse Russia of involvement

Russia's President Vladimir Putin has sent France’s president-elect Emmanuel Macron a telegram telling him he wants to put aside mutual mistrust.


Putin to hold talks with Merkel in Sochi

Russian President Vladimir Putin is due to hold holds with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Sochi on Tuesday. Russia's annexation of Crimea, the EU sanctions that followed and the war in Syria will dominate the meeting between the two leaders.

Asia Pacific

Russia and Japan discuss North Korea during summit

Tensions over North Korea's nuclear programme have dominated talks between Japan and Russia in Moscow. Both leaders called for Pyongyang and other countries to avoid language that could escalate the situation.


Mosul’s children speak of life under ISIL

At least 350,000 people have been forced to leave their homes since the Mosul offensive began last October. Aid workers are warning about the psychological impact of life under ISIL’s control. Al Jazeera’s Stefanie Dekker reports from Chamakor Camp


Iraq says 200 bodies pulled from rubble in Mosul

After recent heavy fighting in Mosul, Iraqi civil defence forces say they have pulled more than 200 bodies from the rubble in recent days. The troops have been battling to push ISIL fighters from their last urban stronghold in the west of the city.

Middle East

Bomb-rigged homes delay return of Iraqi residents near Mosul

More than 300,000 people have been displaced from their homes since the Iraqi military offensive began to push ISIL out of Mosul, the group's last stronghold in Iraq. But the armed group has left behind countless mines and booby-traps.