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.

Mother mourns, human toll soars as Islamists reshape Iraq by force

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.

Call to arms as Iraq sinks into sectarian violence

A masked Pershmerga fighter from Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region.

Ruth Pollard in Erbil Iraq sank deeper into all-out sectarian conflict overnight with the country’s most senior Shiite cleric calling for volunteers to take up arms against Sunni militants who are threatening to...

ISIL's new rules for captured city of Mosul

ISIL has published its new rules for the province of Nineveh, of which Mosul is the capital.

Ruth Pollard ISIL has published its new rules for the province of Nineveh, of which the captured city of Mosul is the capital.

Civilians flee as militants bring Iraq closer to break-up

Families fleeing the violence in the Iraqi city of Mosul arrive at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Erbil.

Ruth Pollard As thousands of civilians continued to pour out of the contested city of Mosul, fleeing both the ferocious advance of Islamist militants and the feared government retaliation, Iraq launched a series...

Civilians flee as Islamist advance brings Iraq closer to break-up

Refugees fleeing from Mosul head to the self-ruled northern Kurdish region in Erbil.

Ruth Pollard As thousands of civilians continued to pour out of the contested city of Mosul, fleeing both the ferocious advance of Islamist militants and the feared government retaliation, Iraq launched a series...

Egypt criminalises sexual harassment

Young and old affected: Getting a woman to file the complaint is difficult because there is always huge pressure on her to keep silent, say researchers.

Ruth Pollard A recent UN study found it affects 99 per cent of Egyptian women.

Prosecution wants maximum sentence for al-Jazeera journalists, including Australian

Caged in court room: Al Jazeera journalists (left to right) Peter Greste, Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed.

Ruth Pollard Egypt's prosecution has called for the maximum sentence for al-Jazeera journalists – including Australian Peter Greste – who are on trial for colluding with the Muslim Brotherhood to...

Tensions run high as Peter Greste bail denied

Al-Jazeera journalists Baher Mohamed, Peter Greste and Mohammed Fahmy behind bars in court in Cairo.

Ruth Pollard Australian journalist Peter Greste and his two al-Jazeera colleagues remain behind bars after an Egyptian judge again denied bail at their trial in Cairo.

Egypt extends presidential election into third day after low voter turnout

Low turnout ... An Egyptian voter casts her ballot in Cairo during the first day of the presidential election on Monday with a child in tow.

Ruth Pollard Scenes of empty polling stations and noticeably low voter turnout forced Egypt to extend its presidential election into a third day, as the government scrambled to encourage people to cast their...

'Love' for Sisi is in the air, but voters are few

Ruth Pollard Doubts over voter turnout on the second day of Egypt's controversial presidential election.

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi all but assured victory as voting begins in Egypt's presidential election

An Egyptian voter casts her ballot during the first day of a presidential election in Cairo.

Ruth Pollard There was a festive mood on Egypt’s streets for the first day of its presidential election, in which the favoured candidate and retired army general Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is expected to win in a...

Locals prepare for Pope Francis' historical visit to Holy Land

Pope Francis prays at Bethany on the River Jordan, where some Christians believe Jesus was baptised.

Ruth Pollard As a team of cleaners in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre worked on their hands and knees, Vatican flags were being hung outside Jerusalem’s Old City.

Egypt poll winner to face huge task of restoring stability

Supporters of Egyptian ex-army chief and leading presidential candidate Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Ruth Pollard The Egypt that leading candidate Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is expected to inherit after the election is violently divided and deeply disappointed after three years of revolution.

Palestinians hope Pope's visit can help bring change

Members of the Palestinian presidential guard.

Ruth Pollard Among the olive trees and ancient terraces, the faithful of the Cremisan Valley held mass on Friday to pray that Israel would not go ahead with plans to extend its giant, concrete security wall...

Failing state

CAIRO, EGYPT - APRIL 26:  Egyptians hold a protest against the recent demonstration law out front of Heliopolis Palace, the Presidential Palace in the Cairo's Heliopolis District, April 26, 2014. (Photo by Ahmed Ismail/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Ruth Pollard The revolution that overthrew the despised Mubarak regime promised a brighter future for Egyptians. Instead, the opposite has occurred, writes Ruth Pollard.

'Forgotten town' at the heart of Egypt's failure

One of the main streets of Izbit Khayrallah, a neighbourhood of Cairo that the state has sought to demolish.

Ruth Pollard In the south of Cairo is a neighbourhood that defies the state simply by existing.

Peter Greste case: lawyer of Australian journalist resigns in Cairo courtroom

Australian correspondent of Al-Jazeera Peter Greste appears in a defendant's cage along with several other defendants during their trial on terror charges at a courtroom in Cairo, Egypt.

Ruth Pollard Peter Greste held onto the black steel of the defendant's cage in a Cairo courtroom.

Australian journalist Peter Greste, colleagues denied bail on press freedom day

Greste

Ruth Pollard, Cairo Australian journalist Peter Greste, who with two of his al-Jazeera colleagues is being tried in an Egyptian court for colluding with the Muslim Brotherhood to falsify news, has described their ordeal...