David Wroe

David Wroe

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

Bound for Baghdad: Australian special forces to join Iraq's elite soldiers in fight against Islamic State

David Wroe Australian special forces officers are expected to arrive in Baghdad within days, in preparation for advising Iraqi troops from the elite Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) in their fight against the...

RAAF fighters step up strikes in Iraq as US targets Syria

Australia's Super Hornets have made 43 flights over Iraq, dropping bombs at least twice, destroying IS facilities and killing fighters.

David Wroe RAAF fighters have carried out at least two deadly air strikes against Islamic State militants, with Australian forces increasing their combat tempo over Iraq to pick up slack left by the diversion...

Bipartisan parliamentary committee calls for Abbott government's 'foreign fighters' bill to be watered down

Attorney-General George Brandis says the government 'foreign fighers bill' is crucial to fighting terrorism in the age of Islamic State.

David Wroe A powerful parliamentary committee has called for key elements of the Abbott government's controversial "foreign fighters" counter-terrorism bill to be watered down and additional checks applied,...

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Australians warned to leave Iraq immediately

David Wroe The Department of Foreign Affairs is warning hundreds of Australians still believed to be in Iraq to get out immediately while Baghdad airport "remains open", underscoring the encroaching threat...

Pass terrorism laws quickly, expert says

David Wroe Counter-terrorism laws need to be passed quickly by Canberra to contain the jihadist threat and avoid the need for more draconian measures in future, a former independent reviewer of Australia's spy...

Opposition grows to storage of photo and biometric data


David Wroe Photographs of millions of Australians will be stored by the Immigration Department and this so-called "biometric data" gathering could extend to fingerprinting and iris scanning under the Abbott...

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Iraq war: Tony Abbott hints at deployment frustration

Robust conversation: Prime Minister Tony Abbott on his plans for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

David Wroe Tony Abbott has admitted the legal agreement with Iraq to deploy Australian special forces is taking "a little longer than we would have liked" but insists it will be finished within days.

ISIL magazine aims to inspire

The fourth issue of Islamic State's magazine <i>Dabiq</i>.

David Wroe In August, Islamic State fighters fought tooth and nail to seize the small, northern Syrian town of Dabiq.

Islamic State calls for spontaneous attacks against Australians and citizens of other 'crusader nations'

The Islamic State flag

David Wroe The Islamic State group has made a fresh pitch to followers to carry out spontaneous "lone wolf" attacks against Australians and citizens of other "crusader nations".

Australian bombs dropped on Islamic State building

A RAAF fighter jet has bombed a building used by ISIL as a command centre, marking the first time Australia's air force has fired on an enemy since 2003.

David Wroe An RAAF fighter jet bombed an isolated building that was being used by the Islamic State in the first Australian combat strike against the militant group in Iraq.

Australian Super Hornet bombs Islamic State target in Iraq

Australian Super Hornet fighters.

David Wroe, Latika Bourke A RAAF fighter has launched Australia’s first attack against the Islamic State, dropping two bombs on a militant facility overnight.

Australian commandos expected to work with Iraqi special forces against Islamic State

Chief of the Defence Force Mark Binskin speaking in Canberra on Wednesday.

David Wroe Australian commandos may be partnered with an elite brigade of Iraqi special operations forces to help them battle against Islamic State militants.

Islamic State fighters fled into civilian areas at first sight of Australian forces: Defence

Chief of the Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin and Chief of Joint Operations Vice Admiral David Johnston (left).

David Wroe Australian Super Hornet fighters pulled out of a potential strike on a moving Islamic State target in Iraq on Sunday night because of fears of killing civilians, Defence has revealed.

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Abbott government extends royal commission into trade unions

Attorney-General George Brandis has announced the royal commission into trade unions will now report back by December 31, 2015.

David Wroe The Abbott government is extending the royal commission into trade unions into next year and expanding its scope to allow a deeper probe into criminal conduct by officials.

Iraq approves Aussie special forces on the ground

Super Hornet

David Wroe Australian special forces have been cleared to start work on the ground in Iraq, helping local forces as they face the grinding task of driving Islamic State fighters out of their stronghold towns...

Iraqi army needs Australian guidance to beat Islamic State

The Iraqi army has about 270,000 soldiers registered, however, many of these names are believed to be fictitious.

David Wroe With air strikes set to bottle the Islamic State's fighters up in towns and cities, the question turns to the Iraqi army and whether it is capable of beating the militants on the ground, even with...

Iraq will cost us $400m a year, says defence expert Mark Thomson

LIMASSOL, CYPRUS - SEPTEMBER 27:  A British RAF tornado fighter jet prepares to land on an airstrip at RAF Akrotiri after returning from a mission over Iraq on September 27, 2014 in Limassol, Cyprus. The Commons voted by 524 to 43 on Friday to approve combat missions in Iraq in order to halt the advance of Isis militants. (Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Getty Images)

David Wroe Prime Minister Tony Abbott has estimated the cost of Australia's involvement in Iraq at about $500 million a year.

How the 'just war' theory applies to Australia's fight against the Islamic State

Super Hornet

David Wroe The 'just war' is defined by meeting six basic principles about justice, legality and proportionality. Does the war against the Islamic State qualify?

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Five key questions on Australia's role in Iraq war

A RAAF Hornet refueling off a KC-30 tanker in a file picture.

David Wroe What are the primary issues facing Australia as it begins air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq?

Tony Abbott commits Australian forces to Iraq

Tony Abbott

David Wroe, Lisa Cox Tony Abbott has given the go-ahead for RAAF fighters to begin air strikes against the feared Islamic State in Iraq, marking the start of Australia's military involvement in a campaign likely to last...

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