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.

Isolated Israel denounces Iran deal

Ruth Pollard Israel’s condemnation of the Iranian nuclear deal struck in Geneva was swift and absolute, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu labelling it “an historic mistake” that had made the world “a much...

Israel alleges Iran planned bus blast

Israel has threatened to 'settle the account' with those responsible for an attack in Bulgaria killing Israeli tourists.

Ruth Pollard Israel threatens to 'settle the account' with those responsible for an attack that left seven dead.

US punishes companies for Iran sales

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Ruth Pollard The US has sanctioned three foreign companies for doing business with Iran.

US turns screws on firms selling to Iran

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Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: The United States has sanctioned three foreign companies for doing business with Iran as the international pressure on Tehran over its nuclear program intensifies and the fallout from the...

Sanctions key to avoiding Iran strikes, say experts

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Ruth Pollard, Simon Mann JERUSALEM: Only tougher sanctions from Western powers, including severe restrictions on oil and travel, will slow Iran's nuclear progress and avoid the need for military action, experts have warned...

Iran ‘will not budge’ from nuclear path

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Ruth Pollard and Simon Mann Iran has vowed it 'will not budge an iota' from its nuclear path in the wake of a damning UN report that found credible evidence that suggested it was pursuing atomic weapons.

Israelis split over military strike on Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Ruth Pollard, Middle East Correspondent Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly pressing ministers to support an attack on Iran.

Fears an excluded Israel may strike Iran's nuclear sites

US Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta answers questions during a press conference in Cairo on October 4, 2011 on his official visit aiming to defuse tensions between Egypt and Israel that have mounted since the end of Hosni Mubarak's rule. AFP PHOTO/POOL/WIN MCNAMEE

Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: There are growing fears Israel's increasing isolation in the region has led it to consider a pre-emptive strike against Iran's nuclear facilities, prompting a flurry of diplomatic activity...

Israel warned over lone strike against Iran

Young Israelis hold the national flag in support of Jewish settlements in the Israeli occupied Palestinian West Bank.

Ruth Pollard Israel's increasing isolation may lead it to a pre-emptive strike against Iran's nuclear facilities.

Accusations fly as Israel and Iran blame each other for attacks

New Delhi, India.

Ruth Pollard BEIRUT: Tensions between Israel and Iran have escalated sharply as the fallout from Monday's co-ordinated attacks on Israeli embassies in India and Georgia deepened.

New nuclear step for Iran

Ruth Pollard, Beirut In a further escalation of international tensions over Iran's nuclear ambitions, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is expected to announce new advances to its nuclear fuel program.

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Sanctions buy diplomatic time in Iran standoff

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, center, listens to a technician during his visit of the Natanz Uranium Enrichment Facility some 200 miles (322 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, Iran.

Ruth Pollard he toughest sanctions yet seem to be biting and cooler heads are calling for calm.

Obama warns on loose talk of war against Iran

Ruth Pollard Warning against 'loose talk of war' Obama has not softened his opposition to the idea of a military strike.

Is Australia arming 'terrorist' PKK fighters?

Commander Nuve Rojhat (centre) with some of the fighters in her unit at the Daquq PKK base.

Ruth Pollard In Daquq A group Australia first designated as a terrorist organisation in December 2005 - the PKK or the Kurdistan Workers Party - is working directly with the Kurdish Peshmerga✓ forces that Australia...

On the ground with Kurdish forces

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter.

Ruth Pollard On the vast frontline in the battle with Islamic State forces, Kurdish soldiers with 40-year-old weapons await military supplies from the West.

Iraq parliamentary session ends in chaos

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Ruth Pollard Iraq’s first parliamentary session since its April elections – and since Islamic militants took control of its second-largest city and declared a new caliphate – descended into chaos after Kurdish...

Kurdish forces ready to fight to keep historic capital

A member of the Kurdish security forces patrols the outskirts of Kirkuk.

Ruth Pollard Within hours of Iraqi troops abandoning their posts, the Kurdish Peshmerga had taken control of Kirkuk – long viewed as the historic capital of Kurdistan.

Militants take control of Tal Afar, advance closer to Baghdad

ISIL flag

Ruth Pollard Sunni militants have taken control of the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar, raising fears in the predominately ethnic Turkmen town that the extremist group will target its residents, half of whom are...

Ottomania as Turkey drifts away from secularism

Ruth Pollard With its opulent palace life, heroic storyline and beautiful lead actors, the Turkish drama set in the court of Sultan Suleyman, Magnificent Century, should have represented the artistic...

Call to arms as Iraq sinks into sectarian violence

A masked Pershmerga fighter from Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region.

Ruth Pollard in Erbil Iraq sank deeper into all-out sectarian conflict overnight with the country’s most senior Shiite cleric calling for volunteers to take up arms against Sunni militants who are threatening to...