Ruth Pollard

Ruth Pollard

Middle East Correspondent Ruth Pollard has reported on the Arab Spring revolutions, the battle against the Islamic State, tensions in the West Bank, and Egypt's power struggle. Her job has taken her to Libya, Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, and Tunisia. Her feature writing won a Walkley Award for her coverage of the war in Gaza.

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi wounded in airstrike: claims

Ruth Pollard The fate of the self-proclaimed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi remains unclear, with rumours that he was wounded in a US air strike in Iraq still unconfirmed.

IS kill hundreds from one Sunni tribe

Iraqi Shiite militia fighters hold the Islamic State flag as they celebrate after breaking the siege of Amerli by Islamic State militants, September 1, 2014.  REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal (IRAQ - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS MILITARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)Click to play video

Ruth Pollard Islamic State militants have massacred 322 members of an Iraqi Sunni tribe killed in western Anbar province.

Islamic State slaughters 50 Sunni tribesmen, women and children in Iraq

Islamic State fighters are leaving a trail of bloodshed across Iraq, with their latest massacres reported in the Anbar province.

Ruth Pollard Islamic State militants shot dead 50 Sunni tribespeople in their third massacre in four days.

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

Rabia Ali mourns at the grave of her son, a Kurdish fighter killed in fighting with Islamic State militants.

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...

Kurds mourn dead as air strikes give troops boost against Islamic State in Kobane

Up to 200,000 refugees have fled the fighting in Kobane.

Ruth Pollard The shutters were closed tight at shops and businesses all over the Turkish city of Suruc on Thursday as the mostly Kurdish population gathered to mourn those who died fighting to save Kobane.

Islamic State gains ground in besieged Kurdish town despite US air strike

WATCHFUL: A Kurdish man monitors fighting in Kobane.

Ruth Pollard Kurdish politicians have ramped up campaigns to try and convince Turkey to provide support for the YPG militia fighting to defend Kobane.

Islamic State militants raise flag over Kobane as fighting intensifies

Ominous sign: An Islamic State flag waves on a small hill outside Kobane.

Ruth Pollard Kurdish fighters are desperately trying to fend off an onslaught on Kobane. If the Islamic State takes the besieged town, it will give it control of a large swath of land along the Turkish-Syrian...

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.

Fight against Islamic State puts independence on backburner for Kurdish militants

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter holds a position on the front line in the Gwer district, 40 kilometres south of Erbil.

Ruth Pollard As militants closed in around the Kurdish capital last month, prompting panicked families to flee and exposing just how stretched the region's Peshmerga forces were, it was clear the dream of an...

Iraqi woman tells of gang rape ordeal at hands of ISIL


Ruth Pollard Zeitoun enters the classroom that is now home to more than a dozen people and sits beside me. "For one month and eight days I was in the hands of ISIL," she says.

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...

Islamic State offensive opens old sectarian wounds in Iraq

Checkpoint: A Badr Brigade militia guard on a road outside Amerli.

Ruth Pollard in Amerli "Walk in my footprints and do not step off the track." With those softly spoken instructions I follow the Peshmerga fighter, an M4 slung over his soldier, along the small sandy path beside an olive...

Australian-supplied weapons have reached the Kurdish frontline

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Ruth Pollard Munitions provided by Australia are already in use in the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq.