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.

Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki rejects calls for unity government, as violence engulfs nation

Ruth Pollard As Sunni insurgents continued their campaign to seize key towns throughout Iraq, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki rejected calls to form a national unity government aimed at healing some of the...

Peter Greste case: international anger for Egypt's sentencing of al-Jazeera journalists

Australian journalist Peter Greste

Ruth Pollard Egypt faced international condemnation over the harsh jail sentences handed down to three al-Jazeera journalists – including Australian Peter Greste – with human rights groups describing...

Australian journalist Peter Greste jailed for seven years for 'defaming Egypt'

Australian journalist Peter Greste appears in the defendant's cage during his trial.

Ruth Pollard Peter Greste and his two al-Jazeera colleagues have been found guilty by an Egyptian court and sentenced to seven years in prison for producing false news to defame Egypt.

Verdict looms for imprisoned al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste

Peter Greste

Ruth Pollard After six bleak months in an Egyptian prison and 12 court sessions in which the prosecution’s case has veered from the farcical to the irrelevant, it is judgment day for Australian journalist...

Uprising brings civil war threat closer to Iraq

A Mosul family in a UNHCR refugee camp after fleeing their city when it was claimed by insurgents.

Ruth Pollard With the country on the brink of civil war, the situation in Iraq has never been more perilous as the depth of its sectarian fissures are exposed.

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...

SAS set to rescue Baghdad diplomats

SAS

Ruth Pollard, Iraq and David Wroe, Canberra Australia's elite SAS soldiers are ready to swoop into Baghdad to rescue diplomats if the bloody fighting in Iraq's north reaches the capital, Fairfax Media has been told.

Iraqis flee from ISIL and aerial bombing

Iraqis flee from ISIL and aerial bombing (Thumbnail)Click to play video

Ruth Pollard Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis are caught up between extremist ISIL and government aerial bombing, says Fairfax correspondent Ruth Pollard in Iraq.

Mother mourns, human toll soars as Islamists reshape Iraq by force

Kasra Hussein Hassan, 52, mourns her son who was killed on Saturday when the Iraqi government bombarded Tikrit.

Ruth Pollard Kasra Hussein Hassan weeps openly as she recounts her son’s death just two days ago, when 12-year-old Mohamed Ibrahim fell victim to the Iraqi Army airstrikes on the northern town of Tikrit.

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.

ISIL Twitter terror: gruesome Iraq photos and candid selfies of jihadist group members

A man is executed in a new video released by ISIS

Ruth Pollard The ISIL terrorist group sweeping Iraq is tweeting photos the invasion and the gory fate of their victims.

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...

ISIL's new rules for captured city of Mosul

ISIL has published its new rules for the province of Nineveh, of which Mosul is the capital.

Ruth Pollard ISIL has published its new rules for the province of Nineveh, of which the captured city of Mosul is the capital.

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...

Egypt criminalises sexual harassment

Young and old affected: Getting a woman to file the complaint is difficult because there is always huge pressure on her to keep silent, say researchers.

Ruth Pollard A recent UN study found it affects 99 per cent of Egyptian women.

Prosecution wants maximum sentence for al-Jazeera journalists, including Australian

Caged in court room: Al Jazeera journalists (left to right) Peter Greste, Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed.

Ruth Pollard Egypt's prosecution has called for the maximum sentence for al-Jazeera journalists – including Australian Peter Greste – who are on trial for colluding with the Muslim Brotherhood to...

Tensions run high as Peter Greste bail denied

Al-Jazeera journalists Baher Mohamed, Peter Greste and Mohammed Fahmy behind bars in court in Cairo.

Ruth Pollard Australian journalist Peter Greste and his two al-Jazeera colleagues remain behind bars after an Egyptian judge again denied bail at their trial in Cairo.

Egypt extends presidential election into third day after low voter turnout

Low turnout ... An Egyptian voter casts her ballot in Cairo during the first day of the presidential election on Monday with a child in tow.

Ruth Pollard Scenes of empty polling stations and noticeably low voter turnout forced Egypt to extend its presidential election into a third day, as the government scrambled to encourage people to cast their...

'Love' for Sisi is in the air, but voters are few

Ruth Pollard Doubts over voter turnout on the second day of Egypt's controversial presidential election.