David Wroe

David Wroe

David Wroe is national security correspondent for The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald in Canberra.

Terror plot: teenagers linked to top Islamic State recruiter Abu Khalid al-Kambodi

David Wroe The young Melbourne men arrested over an alleged Anzac Day terror plot had close links to a senior Australian jihadist and Islamic State recruiter.

Gallipoli ceremony terrorism risk: Turkey vows Australians will be safe

Dawn service at Gallipoli, 2014: Visitors to this year's Anzac services will pass through several security checks.

David Wroe Terrorism experts agreed that the threat to the Anzac service was small, but there was a risk of "lone wolf" attacks.

Learn from Europe on fighting Islamic extremism: expert

The family of the young man are devastated he is fighting in Syria.

David Wroe Australia should learn from European programs that effectively steer young people away from Islamic extremism and stop them becoming "foreign fighters", a leading terrorism expert says.

We are at war with Islamic State and Defence Minister Kevin Andrews should know its leader

Defence Minister Kevin Andrews could not name the leader of the Islamic State.

David Wroe Should we cut him some slack and move on? Not before pausing to recognise this.

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Defence Minister Kevin Andrews unable to name Islamic State leader

Defence Minister Kevin Andrews.

David Wroe Defence Minister Kevin Andrews was unable to name the leader of the Islamic State terror group in an embarrassing gaffe on the day the government committed additional troops to Iraq.

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Armed drones will always be human-controlled: Defence

The unmanned US Reaper aircraft.

David Wroe The Australian Defence Force has vowed that if it gets armed drones such as the notorious US Reaper aircraft, a human pilot will always be responsible for decisions about using deadly force.

Australia sends 330 extra troops to Iraq, but Tony Abbott won't rule out future Syria attacks

Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced a military training mission to Iraq during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 14 April 2015. Photo: Andrew Meares

David Wroe The first of more than 300 Australian troops will leave for Iraq on Wednesday on a two-year training mission that Tony Abbott says will not be "risk-free".

Illegal gun numbers a mystery, Senate inquiry finds

How many? Seized firearms held by the Australian Federal Police.

David Wroe Australian authorities have no firm idea how many illegal guns are in the country due to shortcomings in data collection, a Parliamentary inquiry has found.

Defence to buy two more of its workhorse C-17 transport planes

The RAAF will get two more C-17 transport planes.

David Wroe The RAAF will get two more of its much-loved workhorses – the C-17 transport planes that have lifted everything from ammunition to Kurds fighting the Islamic State terror group to food and...

US, Japan trust Australia more than they trust each other, survey finds

Japan plans to build its military strength.

David Wroe Americans and Japanese trust Australians more than they trust one another, according to a new survey.

Transgender military officer Cate McGregor defends friend Tony Abbott

Cate McGregor.

David Wroe Cate McGregor has a stinging message for Tony Abbott's more truculent critics: the Prime Minister deserves some credit for so publicly supporting her as the world's most senior transgender military...

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Military trauma cases set to rise, say defence chiefs

Chief of the Defence Force Mark Binskin.

David Wroe, Defence Correspondent Defence chiefs have acknowledged the rate of post-traumatic stress disorder among military personnel and veterans is likely to rise in the years ahead as cases slowly surface following major recent...

Prosecutions of foreign fighters hard, experts say as Labor's Matthew Gardiner returns home

Hard to charge: Matthew Gardiner has been detained at Darwin Airport.

David Wroe Leading lawyers say the case of Labor Party figure Matthew Gardiner – believed to have helped the Kurds in their fight against the Islamic State terror group – shows how hard prosecuting...

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2500 metadata 'cops' to search phone and internet records

Attorney-General Senator George Brandis limited the number of agencies who could access metadata to crucial crime-fighting and national security bodies.

David Wroe Police officers comprise the majority of people empowered to sign off on access to Australians' phone and internet records, Fairfax Media has found.

Bali nine: Joko Widodo too busy to talk to Tony Abbott about pair on death row

Preoccupied: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

David Wroe Indonesian President Joko Widodo has been too busy to return Tony Abbott's phone call about the fate of the Bali Nine pair on death row, Jakarta's envoy in Australia has said.

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Julie Bishop looks to get Australia back on UN Security Council

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop.

David Wroe, National Security Correspondent Australia is looking to get itself back on the United Nations Security Council just months after finishing a tumultuous two-year term that covered the MH17 crisis and the emergence of the Islamic...

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Another teen would-be jihadist stopped at Sydney Airport

David Wroe ASIO and federal police are investigating a 17-year-old teenager who was stopped by counter-terrorism agents at Sydney Airport from trying to reach the Middle East – the latest in the growing...

Kevin Andrews warns of growing regional submarine forces

Defence Minister Kevin Andrews.

David Wroe Half the world's submarines will be in Australia's region by 2030, Defence Minister Kevin Andrews will warn on Wednesday in a speech underscoring the gravity of choosing the right boats for the...

Cyclone Pam aftermath: Residents struggle to rebuild battered Port Vila

Foreign Affairs Ainister Julie Bishop hugs Christelle Paoka at East Vila school, which is being repaired by an Australian Urban Search and Rescue team.

David Wroe In Port Vila, the clean-up has begun. Two-thirds of the city has power and the supermarkets are open, but fresh food is scarce.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop vows continuing support in Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam

Relief: Bishop hugs Australian volunteers Mae Eldridge, left and Nina Kerridge rescued from Ambae Island.

David Wroe Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has vowed Australia will remain in Vanuatu for "as long as it takes" to help the country recover from a devastating cyclone, as she confirmed that all Australians are...