David Wroe

David Wroe

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

Bali nine executions: Australian Federal Police to break silence on Bali nine

Matthew Knott, David Wroe Australian Federal Police officers are set be questioned by a parliamentary committee within weeks to explain the organisation's role delivering the executed Bali nine ring leaders to Indonesian...

Bali nine executions: Canberra and Jakarta's diplomatic relations on hold

Prime Minister Tony Abbott addresses the media after the executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Mark Kenny and David Wroe The attention-grabbing freeze of diplomatic relations between Canberra and Jakarta is likely to last weeks rather than months as both sides insulate vital trade and security ties.

Bali 9: Abbott government plans tough diplomatic response as anger rises

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop

David Wroe and James Massola High-level ministerial meetings with Indonesia will be cancelled and senior government sources say all aspects of the diplomatic relationship are "on the table" in the fallout of the Bali nine case.

Islamic State bigger threat to world order than Cold War communism: Julie Bishop

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says Islamic State is a greater threat to world order than Cold War communism was.

David Wroe, National Security Correspondent The Islamic State terror group and similar violent jihadist movements are an even greater threat to world order than communism was during the Cold War, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has said.

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Bali nine: Australia considers recalling Indonesian ambassador over executions

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop:

James Massola, David Wroe Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop are considering all options, including the dramatic step of recalling Australia's ambassador to Indonesia.

Anzac Day terrorism plot payback for Haider shooting

Terror suspect Numan Haider, who was shot and killed by police in September 2014 after stabbing anti-terrorism officers at Endeavour Hills.

David Wroe, National Security Correspondent Police believe the alleged Anzac Day terrorism plot planned for Melbourne was partly payback for the death of teenager Abdul Numan Haider in September.

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

A still from an Islamic State propaganda video released last year.

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.