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.

Iran nuclear deal: what the arms control experts say about the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

Ruth Pollard Arms control experts say the agreement — known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action — establishes an effective formula for blocking all pathways by which Iran could acquire material...

Iran nuclear deal done after intensive talks: 'war is off the table'

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif gestures as he talks with journalists in Vienna.

Ruth Pollard Iranian and American negotiators have reached a deal to curb Iran's nuclear program.

Israel admits two of its citizens missing in Gaza, believed held by Hamas

Hamas militants march during an anti-Israel rally in Gaza City on Wednesday.

Ruth Pollard Israel has admitted that two of its citizens have been missing in Gaza for months amid signs it was attempting to negotiate with Hamas for their release.

Islamic State propaganda: what the West doesn't understand

Accentuating the positive: a man waves an IS flag in streets of Syria's north-eastern Raqqa province.

Ruth Pollard In the last two months, IS has began publishing photographs depicting shops on the street and corner ice cream parlours along with descriptions of economic prosperity in areas under its control.

Families in Tunisia fight back against Islamic State radicalisation and terror recruitment

Bilel Kaabi's mother holds up a picture of her son, who was radicalised at a mosque in Tunisia.

Ruth Pollard It took some effort but the chief ISIS recruiter was eventually found to be the local dentist who had blackmailed young clients to join groups, Ruth Pollard reveals.

Australian Reece Harding killed fighting Islamic State with Kurdish forces in Syria: reports

Gold Coast man Reece Harding, 23, was reportedly killed after he stood on a land mine while fighting IS with Kurdish forces in Syria.

Ruth Pollard A second Australian man has reportedly died fighting with Kurdish forces in Syria, less than two months after he joined the battle against the Islamic State group.

Solidarity keeps some tourists in Tunisia after terrorist attack

DonnaMarie Douglas from Glasgow (right) and a friend lay flowers at the makeshift memorial on the beach in front of the Hotel Imperial Marhaba.

Ruth Pollard The hotel is now a crime scene, its gates from the beach padlocked, but a handful of guests who have chosen to continue their stay remain inside.

Why the Tunisia tourist attack wasn't supposed to happen

Ruth Pollard While Syria's civilian protests to overthrow the regime Bashar al-Assad descended into a years-long civil war, Libya's militia retained a stranglehold on much of the country and Egypt threw out its...

Tunisia terror attack: the radical mosques that bred gunman Seifeddine Rezgui


Ruth Pollard It was at one of these unlicensed mosques in the city of Kairouan that the Islamic State-inspired gunman Seifeddine Rezgui is believed to have been exposed to the radical teachings that fuelled...


Islamic State anniversary shadows latest spurt of attacks

Smoke rises in the Syrian town of Kobane this week after Islamic State fighters launched simultaneous attacks against the Syrian government and Kurdish militia.

Ruth Pollard Just days after the Islamic State group urged its supporters to martyr themselves in deadly Ramadan attacks, a series of bloody assaults on a tourist beach in Tunisia, a Shiite mosque in Kuwait and a...

Tunisia tourist hotel attacked by gunman, killing at least 37 in Sousse

Police officers surround a man they suspect to be involved in opening fire on a beachside hotel in Sousse, Tunisia.

Ruth Pollard A gunman reportedly started the attack on the beach, spraying sunbathers with gunfire and sending terrified people racing for the hotel.


UN report on 50-day war in Gaza: What happens next?

The war started on July 8, 2014, after a series of events that began with the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers (pictured) in the West Bank, and the subsequent kidnapping and killing of a Palestinian teenager in apparent revenge.

Ruth Pollard The UN has concluded both Israel and Palestine may have committed war crimes in their 50-day war in Gaza last year. So what now?

Kurdish forces deny claims of abuse in towns they liberate from IS

Basma in the apartment her family now shares in Turkey after leaving Syria. Sanliurfa, Turkey, 16 June, 2015.

Ruth Pollard Syrian refugees Fairfax Media interviewed at the border said they were as worried by Kurdish militia as they were about Islamic State.

Kurds cut Islamic State supply route in Syria, thousands flee

Syrian refugees walk to cross into Turkey at Akcakale on Monday.

Ruth Pollard Syrian Kurdish fighters have cut the main supply and smuggling route used by Islamic State militants and reports were emerging overnight that the jihadist-held border town of Tel Abyad had also...

Syrian refugees struggling to survive

Mohamed, a young Syrian refugee, in the school in Baalbek, Lebanon, that has been his home for the past three years.

Ruth Pollard For these refugees there is no money for doctors or dentists, no chance of physiotherapy to correct the most basic childhood disabilities.

Palmyra civilians left with no place to turn after Islamic State takeover

Islamic State fighter aims his weapon during a battle against the Syrian government forces.

Ruth Pollard There is nowhere to left run for the civilians of Palmyra – the latest Syrian city to fall to the extremist Islamic State group.

Fall of Ramadi: why it matters

A car is engulfed by flames during clashes in the city of Ramadi.

Ruth Pollard The city of Ramadi – the capital of the Sunni-majority Anbar province that lies just 112 kilometres west of Baghdad, Iraq – is the first major city to fall to Islamic State militants...

Egypt executes six men convicted of killing soldiers despite 'grossly unfair' trial

The executed men were accused of being members of the terrorist organisation Ansar Beit al-Maqdis.

Ruth Pollard Egypt has executed six men convicted of carrying out an attack on a checkpoint in the Sinai that killed several soldiers despite evidence at least three of accused were already in detention at the...

New coalition shakes Syria's Assad regime

An attack with gas, chlorine gas according to activists, on Kansafra village in Idlib on Friday left some residents resorting to gas masks.

Ruth Pollard Fighting with sense of unity rarely seen in Syria's four-year-long civil war, a new coalition of opposition groups backed by the powerful regional alliance of Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia has...

Israeli soldiers say 'shoot to kill' orders put civilians in firing line

An Israeli soldier stands on top of an armoured personnel carrier near the Israel-Gaza Strip border during Operation Protective Edge in July 2014.

Ruth Pollard Israel's decision to use indiscriminate fire in residential neighbourhoods caused the deaths of hundreds of innocent civilians in last year's Gaza war, an investigation has found.