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.

 

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Former al-Qaeda member claims he was hired by Bahrain as assassin

Critics said it exposed the political oppression that the country's majority Shia population had suffered for decades.

Former al-Qaeda member claims he was hired by Bahrain as assassin

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Iraq landmines: A legacy of decades of conflicts

Al Jazeera looks at how Iraq has been left littered with unexploded booby traps after decades of wars.

Iraq landmines: A legacy of decades of conflicts

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Gulf tensions: Iraq worried about impact on its economy

As tension between the US and Iran builds in the Gulf, Iraq is watching developments closely.

Gulf tensions: Iraq worried about impact on its economy

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Years of conflict in Iraq hit health services in Basra

Experts say pollution from surrounding oilfields is one of the reasons why Basra has the highest rate of cancer in Iraq.

Years of conflict in Iraq hit health services in Basra

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Saving Babylon: Archaeologists appeal for support to save sites

Iraqi archaeologists say more money is needed to preserve dozens of ancient sites in Babylon.

Saving Babylon: Archaeologists appeal for support to save sites

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Iran-US tension: Iraq's Sunnis want more say in talks

Analysts say a military escalation between Iran and the US seems unlikely.

Iran-US tension: Iraq's Sunnis want more say in talks

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How US-Iran tensions could benefit ISIL in Iraq

Fears in Iraq ISIL is seeking to exploit any instability arising out of tensions between the US and Iran.

How US-Iran tensions could benefit ISIL in Iraq

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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