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.

On war-torn frontier, Israelis feel government has forgotten them

Ruth Pollard Anger and a sense of betrayal remains in Israel's frontier communities after last year's conflict with the Hamas-run Gaza Strip.

Benjamin Netanyahu plays the hardline settlement expansion card to capture right-wing voters

A supporter of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv on Sunday.

Ruth Pollard An increasingly desperate Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is rallying right-wing voters with expansive promises.

Kurds unite to build Kurdistan in defiance of Islamic State

Nishtiman Nishtiman, a 26-year-old YPG fighter, takes a break from a three-day push to liberate eight villages in north-eastern Syria.

Ruth Pollard, Qamishli Amid the carnage of Syria's four-year civil war, Kurds are building their own state.

Kurdish fighters hold funeral for Australian Ashley Johnston, killed fighting Islamic State

Kurdish fighters held a funeral for Australian Ashley Johnston on Thursday evening. He was killed fighting Islamic State militants. Photo: Massoud Mohamed

Ruth Pollard The body of Australian army reservist Ashley Johnston, who was killed fighting with Kurdish forces against Islamic State militants, has been handed over to family representatives in Turkey.

Australian arrested in Lebanon over suspected terrorist links

An Australian man has been arrested in Lebanon.

Ruth Pollard An Australian man has been arrested in Lebanon on suspicion of having links to terrorist organisations, local media reported.

Iraq launches major offensive to retake Tikrit from Islamic State

Members of the Iraqi security forces head towards al-Dawr, south of Tikrit.

Ruth Pollard In a fresh test of the Iraqi Army's ability as a fighting force and the willingness of Sunni tribal leaders to work with the army's Shiite militia backers, Iraq has launched a high-risk attack on the...

ANALYSIS

As Libya descends into chaos, Islamic State expands its territory

A still from a video purportedly shows members of Islamic State in Libya's coastal city of Sirte.

Ruth Pollard Trapped in a state of civil war, Libyans had little reason to celebrate the fourth anniversary of the revolution that ended Muammar Gaddafi’s long dictatorship.

Egypt conducts second wave of strikes against Islamic State in Libya in retaliation for mass beheading of Christians

An Egyptian air force fighter jet lands at an undisclosed location in Egypt following air strikes in Libya.

Ruth Pollard Egypt conducted a second wave of air strikes against the Islamic State in Libya in retaliation for the massacre of 21 Egyptian Christians who were lined up on Libya’s Mediterranean coast and...

Palestinian camp in Lebanon named as one corner of jihadist 'death triangle'

Shadi Mawlawi is borne aloft by his supporters in Tripoli, northern Lebanon, in May 2012. He is now believed to be hiding in the Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp.

Ruth Pollard Ain al-Hilweh – impoverished, deeply divided and with a reputation as Lebanon's most radical refugee camp – is on edge.

Freed Greste won't be silent on jailed colleagues

Peter Greste in Larnaca on Wednesday, before his flight to Australia.

Ruth Pollard Peter Greste still finds the abruptness of his freedom hard to believe. But he is determined to do a great deal with it.

Australian journalist Peter Greste speaks of euphoria at release and concern for colleagues still imprisoned in Egypt

Mixed feelings about leaving his colleagues behind: Peter Greste (right) and co-defendants, Al-Jazeera English producer Baher Mohamed, left, Canadian-Egyptian acting Cairo bureau chief Mohamed Fahmy, centre.

Ruth Pollard Larnaca, Cyprus: Australian journalist Peter Greste has spoken for the first time since being released from an Egyptian prison, describing conflicting feelings of "relief" at his freedom and an...

Peter Greste freed from Egyptian jail

Al-Jazeera English correspondent Peter Greste, second right, smiles as he and bureau chief Mohamed Fahmy, center, producer Baher Mohamed, center left, stand in a courtroom along with several other defendants during their trial on terror charges, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, March 31, 2014. Two Al-Jazeera journalists on trial in Egypt have directly asked with the judge to release them. Australian Peter Greste and Canadian-Egyptian Mohammed Fahmy are among three journalists and 17 others who are facing terrorism-related charges, based on accusations by authorities that they provided a platform to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.  (AP Photo/Sarah El Deeb)Click to play video

Ruth Pollard Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste has been freed and deported from Egypt after 400 days behind bars reports Middle East correspondent Ruth Pollard.

Peter Greste case: how a temporary assignment became a 13-month ordeal

An odyssey: Australian journalist Peter Greste ended up being sentenced to seven years in jail in Egypt.

Ruth Pollard No stranger to conflict zones, Peter Greste arrived in Cairo 13 months ago for what he thought was a simple assignment: filling in for a colleague over the Christmas break.

Jailed Australian al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste on way home from Egypt

Australian a-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste has been deported to Australia.

Ruth Pollard Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste has been deported to his native Australia, Egypt's state news agency reported.

Israel threatens Hezbollah with full-scale conflict as cross-border shelling leaves UN peacekeeper and two Israeli soldiers dead

Israeli soldiers carry their injured comrade after an anti-tank missile hit an army vehicle in an occupied area on the border with Lebanon.

Ruth Pollard In the most significant escalation of tensions since the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war, cross-border missile attacks have left a United Nations peacekeeper dead in Lebanon and killed two Israeli soldiers...

Hezbollah buries fighters killed in Syria by Israeli strike, UN peacekeepers brace for retaliation

Stretched: Hezbollah leader  Hassan Nasrallah is sending fighters to Syria to back up the army of President Bashar al-Assad as well as fending off Sunni Islamist militants in Lebanon's north.

Ruth Pollard Thousands turned out on the streets of southern Beirut to mourn the death of a young Hezbollah fighter – one of at least six killed in a suspected Israeli air strike on a convoy in the Syrian...

Hayat Boumeddiene's easy route: How terrorists slip through Turkey into Syria

Likely in Syria: Hayat Boumeddiene in a French police photo.

Ruth Pollard, Middle East Correspondent Turkey's border with Syria is a vital supply route for those fighting on the front lines to try to bring down Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.