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 gains ground in besieged Kurdish town despite US air strike

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

Basra

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.

Yazidis' Iraq horror: 'I know what happened to them, but I cannot bear to say it'

Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect flee violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq's north.

Ruth Pollard There are now only an estimated 600,000 Yazidis left in Iraq. Islamic State's brutal assault has left some of them questioning whether it is time to leave the country for good.

Arab League vows to confront Islamic State as US steps up air campaign

A member of the United Arab Emirates delegation records proceedings of the  the Arab League meeting in Cairo.

Ruth Pollard The Arab League has endorsed international action against the radical Islamic State and vowed to take all necessary measures to confront the “corrupt, immoral” militants who now control...

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 delays delivery of RAAF arms to Kurds

Ruth Pollard and David Wroe EXCLUSIVE

An unsteady peace in Gaza

A Palestinian father carries his wounded son as they wait to cross into Egypt at the re-opened Rafah border crossing.

Ruth Pollard, Middle East Correspondent The ceasefire in Gaza is just four days old but already the clock is ticking toward the next outbreak of war.

Hamas and Israel reach long-term Gaza ceasefire deal after 50 days of war

Palestinian children flash the sign of victory as they celebrate the ceasefire in the streets in East Jerusalem.

Ruth Pollard Fifty days of terror – in which more than 2100 Palestinians and 69 Israelis were killed – has come to an end with a ceasefire agreement that loosens controls on Gaza's borders but has yet...

US launched unsuccessful mission to free murdered journalist James Foley

American photo journalist James Foley in 2011.

Ruth Pollard In the months leading up to James Foley's horrific death at the hands of Islamic militants, the United States launched a failed rescue mission in Syria and refused to pay a multi-million dollar...

Islamic State makes true on 'blood' threat, killing US journalist James Foley

Photo: Manu Brabo shows James Foley who reported in the Middle East for five years. IMAGE SOURCE www.theage.com.au

Ruth Pollard Just hours after the US announced it would begin air strikes on militants in the north of Iraq, a propaganda video from the Islamic State emerged online with the warning: “We will drown you in...