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.

 

Middle East

US ally and Iran's neighbour, Iraq is caught in the middle

Iraq has been mediating between both sides, US and Iran, to try and avoid a crisis.

US ally and Iran's neighbour, Iraq is caught in the middle

Middle East

Iraq under US pressure over Shia militias role

The US’s attempts to pressure Iran, by criticising Iraqi Shia militias backed by Iran, has deepened tensions between Washington and Baghdad.

Iraq under US pressure over Shia militias role

Middle East

Iraq government bans computer games including PUBG

Iraq’s Parliament has voted to ban several games including PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), saying they harm society.

Iraq government bans computer games including PUBG

Middle East

Power vacuum in Iraq's Sinjar prevents Yazidi refugees' return

Around 200,000 Yazidis have little choice but to live in poorly equipped camps in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq.

Power vacuum in Iraq's Sinjar prevents Yazidi refugees' return

Middle East

Trump wants US troops in Iraq to 'keep an eye' on Iran

A political storm brewing in Iraq after Donald Trump said he wants to keep troops there, to 'keep an eye' on Iran.

Trump wants US troops in Iraq to 'keep an eye' on Iran

Middle East

Politics threatens future of Iraq's archaeological heritage

Experts say the conservation efforts are often held back by what they describe as the politicization of Iraq's heritage.

Politics threatens future of Iraq's archaeological heritage

Middle East

Iraq on high alert for ISIL fighters fleeing Syria

There are concerns that the fleeing ISIL members could regroup in areas they once controlled in northern and western Iraq.

Iraq on high alert for ISIL fighters fleeing Syria

Middle East

Ongoing threat from ISIL raises fears in its former territory

Though the armed group was defeated more than 18 months ago in the region, fears abound of an ISIL comeback.

Ongoing threat from ISIL raises fears in its former territory

Middle East

Iraqi horse riders struggle to preserve an ancient tradition

In Iraq, tent pegging, which has great cultural significance for Iraqis and the wider region, has suffered for decades.

Iraqi horse riders struggle to preserve an ancient tradition

Middle East

The struggle to save Iraq archaeological sites after ISIL battles

Many of Iraq's most important archaeological sites lie in ruins after the battle against ISIL.

The struggle to save Iraq archaeological sites after ISIL battles

Africa

Central African Republic signs peace deal with armed groups

The new deal is the latest after seven other peace agreements tried and failed to end one of Africa's bloodiest conflicts.

Central African Republic signs peace deal with armed groups

Middle East

Parkour offers freedom to Gaza youth

A group of young men called Parkour Gaza trains everyday on walls and buildings scarred by bullets.

Parkour offers freedom to Gaza youth