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.

Kobane: Fears Kurdish fighters dying at border as Turkey remains unmoved

Ruth Pollard At the hospital near Suruc volunteers are worried. No injured have arrived in the last 12 hours and they fear patients may be dying at the border, prevented by Turkish military from making it to...

The man who turned his back on the Islamic State

Abu Hakam, who did not want his face identified for fear of retribution.

Ruth Pollard His fighting name is Abu Hakam and for a few moments of madness he turned away from the Free Syrian Army and allowed himself to court, and be courted by, the Islamic State.

Islamic State once courted this man - now the militants want to kill him

Abu Hakam, who did not want his face identified for fear of retribution.

Ruth Pollard His fighting name is Abu Hakam and during a few moments he allowed himself to be courted by the Islamic State.

Islamic State gains spark exodus and hopes for Turkish action near border

Syrian Kurdish refugee children feed their newborn sister in a camp near the south-eastern Turkish town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province.

Ruth Pollard Surrounding the small border town on three sides, Islamic State militants were shelling Kobane from positions as close as just two-to-three kilometres away, a local Kurdish commander said.

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

Photo: Manu Brabo shows James Foley who reported in the Middle East for five years. IMAGE SOURCE www.theage.com.au

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...

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.

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...

Assad gains ground across Syria

This image made from video shows Syrian President Bashar Assad during an interview broadcast on Al-Manar Television on Thursday, May 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Al-Manar Television via AP video)

Ruth Pollard Beirut: As the Syrian regime tightens its grip the besieged town of Qusayr, trapping up to 1500 wounded inside, it has been quietly making gains elsewhere in the country, winning back key roads and...

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...