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.

25 killed as Israel prepares for ground assault

Ruth Pollard Aerial and naval bombardment of Gaza intensifies as Hamas fires rockets at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

Parents of Australian journalist Peter Greste tell of heartbreaking prison visit

Juris and Lois Greste have been able to visit their son, Australian journalist Peter Greste, in Tora Prison in Egypt for the first time since his sentencing.

Ruth Pollard They have followed their son’s reporting in conflict zones around the world, watching as he moved from the BBC to al-Jazeera, from Afghanistan to the Balkans, Iraq to Somalia and Kenya.

Sunni tribes unite with enemies to fight Iraq's rulers

Ruth Pollard Trapped in a state-sponsored campaign of violence and harassment with no end in sight, 27-year-old Bashir al-Ani says he had no choice but to pick up a weapon and join his Sunni tribe in the fight...

Iraq parliamentary session ends in chaos

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Ruth Pollard Iraq’s first parliamentary session since its April elections – and since Islamic militants took control of its second-largest city and declared a new caliphate – descended into chaos after Kurdish...

Iraq crisis: ISIL militants declare 'Caliphate'

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Ruth Pollard The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – Sunni militants fighting across Syria and Iraq – have proclaimed the establishment of a “caliphate” in a move that experts say could...

Abu Ghraib: a town gripped by fear as ISIL approaches Baghdad

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Ruth Pollard Heavily fortified guardposts line the road into Abu Ghraib and more than a dozen military vehicles are on the move alongside the occasional civilian car making the lonely 20-kilometre journey from...

Iraqi forces battle to take control of Tikrit

A member of the Iraqi security forces checks an ammunition belt south of Baghdad.

Ruth Pollard Iraqi troops backed by helicopter gunships launched a major assault on Tikrit in an attempt to regain control of the northern city from Sunni insurgents who have been holding it since June 11.

Family forced to flee their home as sectarian tensions in Iraq reach boiling point

Living in fear: Um Ban with her two-month-old daughter Ghufran.

Ruth Pollard in Baghdad When Sunni militants painted an “X” on the front of her house in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, Um Ban knew she and her family would have to flee.

Baghdad caught in a ring of fear, waiting for US to wave magic wand

City of fear: Baghdad's citizens do not know when the next blow will fall.

Ruth Pollard Along Iraq’s constantly shifting frontline there is little buffer between civilians and the militants’ advance.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.