Ruth Pollard

Ruth Pollard

Ruth Pollard is the Middle East Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Her job takes her throughout the Middle East and North Africa, reporting on the Arab revolutions from Egypt, Libya, Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Tunisia and on the conflict in Israel and Palestine.

Islamic State makes true on 'blood' threat, killing US journalist James Foley

Ruth Pollard Just hours after the US announced it would begin air strikes on militants in the north of Iraq, a propaganda video from the Islamic State emerged online with the warning: “We will drown you in...

Sunni tribes unite with enemies to fight Iraq's rulers

Ruth Pollard Trapped in a state-sponsored campaign of violence and harassment with no end in sight, 27-year-old Bashir al-Ani says he had no choice but to pick up a weapon and join his Sunni tribe in the fight...

Civilians flee as militants bring Iraq closer to break-up

Families fleeing the violence in the Iraqi city of Mosul arrive at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Erbil.

Ruth Pollard As thousands of civilians continued to pour out of the contested city of Mosul, fleeing both the ferocious advance of Islamist militants and the feared government retaliation, Iraq launched a series...

Civilians flee as Islamist advance brings Iraq closer to break-up

Refugees fleeing from Mosul head to the self-ruled northern Kurdish region in Erbil.

Ruth Pollard As thousands of civilians continued to pour out of the contested city of Mosul, fleeing both the ferocious advance of Islamist militants and the feared government retaliation, Iraq launched a series...

Syrian peace talks announced - but doubts remain

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Ruth Pollard After two-and-a-half years of a brutal war that has claimed more than 100,000 lives and displaced nine million people, the Syrian Government and the Opposition have agreed to hold their first...

Syria revolution: Overthrowing Assad regime up to new grouping of militias

Ruth Pollard A new coalition of militias holds the last chance of revolution against the Assad regime.

Perfect storm lures Australians to war

Ruth Pollard It is only 1pm but the winter sky is already darkening in the border town of Kilis and the reception room of this small, nondescript hotel is bleak and cold.

Analysis

Egypt's siege mentality bad news for journalists

Ruth Pollard Egypt's government sees many enemies when it looks out of the bunker from which it says it is simultaneously fighting terrorism and installing democracy.

High stakes, hidden foes in Israel's intervention

Hassan Nasrallah

Ruth Pollard It is just under seven years since the skies over Lebanon roared with the sound of Israeli fighter jets and missiles rained down on both sides in a furious 34-day war.

Israel, Syrian army exchange gunfire

An Israeli soldier works on top of a tank in a position in the Israeli controlled Golan Heights.

Ruth Pollard Tensions have risen along Syria’s now-volatile southern border with Israel after an exchange of artillery fire in the Golan Heights.

US to Assad: talk peace in Syria or we help rebels

US Secretary of State John Kerry

Ruth Pollard The United States warned it will offer further support to Syria's embattled opposition if President Bashar al-Assad failed to get behind a US and Russia-driven peace initiative in Geneva next month.

Syrians in Egypt feel the chill of Mursi's ouster

Syrian in Egypt

Ruth Pollard Egypt's military-backed interim government put on a “business as usual” show on Sunday, announcing that a panel of legal experts had begun working on the country's constitution, while diplomats...

Syrians stream into Lebanon fearing the worst to come as civil war rages

Syrian refugees

Ruth Pollard Cars full of people, packed with suitcases, blankets and mattresses streamed across the border from Syria into Lebanon, fearing the United States will conduct air strikes against the regime of Bashar...

Heartbreak and revenge fuel Syria's revolution

Syrian opposition fighter Ali Ahmed in his hospital bed in Lebanon. His right leg was shattered during the battle for Qusayr.

Ruth Pollard It was only after Ali Ahmed watched his father and uncle die that he became a killer.

Syrian government forces 'almost certainly' responsible for chemical attacks: Human Rights Watch report

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Ruth Pollard Syrian government forces were “almost certainly” responsible for the two chemical weapons attacks on opposition-controlled areas of Damascus last month, an investigation by Human Rights Watch has...

Syria UN report: unequivocal, objective evidence chemical weapons used

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Ruth Pollard A United Nations chemical weapons team has found "clear and convincing evidence that surface-to-surface-rockets containing the nerve agent sarin" were used in last month's deadly attacks outside...

Turkey authorises military strikes in Syria as border tension spikes

Turks in Istanbul protest against the notion of a possible war with Syria. Turkey fired on Syrian targets for a second day but said it has no intention of declaring war.

Ruth Pollard Under constant provocation from the Assad regime and shouldering the burden of as many as 150,000 refugees in its camps and towns, Turkey was becoming increasingly unnerved by the worsening security...

Human rights groups condemn 'war crimes' by Syrian rebels

Ruth Pollard Middle East Correspondent THE terrified men lie huddled in a group on the dusty floor of an abandoned building as armed opposition fighters kick and stamp on their bodies.

Syrian massacre highlights disregard for human rights on both sides

An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on November 1, 2012 shows rebel fighters gathering near alleged bodies of Syrian soldiers after they overran an army checkpoint in the northwestern Idlib province. Syria's northwestern Idlib province has become a key battleground in the country's conflict, especially after rebel forces seized the town of Maaret al-Numan on the Damascus-Aleppo road early last month. AFP PHOTO/YOUTUBE
== RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT

Ruth Pollard THE terrified men lie huddled in a group on the dusty floor of an abandoned building as armed opposition fighters kick and stomp on them.

Syrian exodus swells to 20,000 in one day

Ruth Pollard Middle East Correspondent IN THE largest exodus of refugees for months, as many as 20,000 Syrians have fled their war-torn country in just 24 hours, as the humanitarian crisis caused by the 20-month-long conflict worsened.