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.

Turkey threatens more air strikes in Syria, Iraq against Islamic State, PKK

Ruth Pollard For the first time, Turkish jets have attacked IS positions in Syrian territory, while its attacks on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party in the north of Iraq are the first in four years.

Assad regime's barrel bomb attacks caused many civilian deaths in Syria: UN envoy

Men hold an injured girl rescued from a site hit by what activists said was heavy shelling by regime forces in the Douma district of Damascus.

Ruth Pollard It's a 'turning point in the war in Syria' but it has caused unprecedented levels of destruction and death among the innocent.

As world focuses on Islamic State, trapped Syrians fear new terror from the sky

A man with a leg cast rides a motorcycle though a bomb-damaged area in Old Aleppo on Thursday.

Ruth Pollard Syrians are asking why none of the US-led coalition's firepower is protecting civilians from the force that is causing the most harm: the Assad regime.

Iran nuclear deal: what is it about?

Iranians gesture as they celebrate in the street following a nuclear deal with major powers, in Tehran July 14, 2015. Iran's president Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday a nuclear deal with major powers would open a new chapter of cooperation with the outside world after years of sanctions, predicting the

Ruth Pollard Iran and six major powers have reached an agreement that places limits on Iran's nuclear program in return for lifting sanctions that have crippled its economy. What impact will it have?

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

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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.