David Wroe

David Wroe

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

US asked Indonesia to send troops to fight Islamic State, says former Jakarta foreign minister

David Wroe Indonesia was asked by the United States to send troops to join the fight against the Islamic State terror group in Iraq but declined because it feared a backlash among radical Muslims at home, the...

Australian jihad Gen Ys under microscope

A still from the YouTube propaganda video

David Wroe The average Australian jihadist is 25 years old, likely to be Australian-born and better-educated than the previous generation of extremists of the 1990s and post-September 11 period, a top...

Australian hate preacher features in al-Qaeda full-length history documentary

A scene from the propaganda video

David Wroe, National Security Correspondent Australia's most senior jihadist in the Middle East has appeared in a sophisticated documentary by al-Qaeda's Syrian offshoot that tries to recruit new foreign fighters by creating a historic sense...

Terrorist Khaled Sharrouf likely still alive

It is now thought Khaled Sharrouf survived a drone attack in Iraq.

David Wroe Notorious terrorist Khaled Sharrouf most likely escaped the drone strike that killed his friend Mohamed Elomar it has emerged.

Senior Labor figure Fitzgibbon supports turning back boats

Labor frontbencher Joel Fitzgibbon believes turnbacks will be part of future Labour policy.

David Wroe Labor frontbencher Joel Fitzgibbon has become the party's first senior figure to clearly state support for turning back asylum-seeker boats, angering some of his left-wing colleagues.

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'You've lost the plot, Barrie': Malcolm Turnbull defends government attack on ABC

Malcolm Turnbull, right, defended the Prime Minister's earlier attack on the ABC.

Lisa Cox and David Wroe Malcolm Turnbull has compared the ABC to an "undergraduate playing at tabloid journalism" after a former terror suspect was allowed into the Q&A audience.

Boat turn-back payment to people smugglers the first of its kind

Cash and people smuggler allegations.

Sarah Whyte, David Wroe and Jewel Topsfield The recent payment to people smugglers to turn a boat back to Indonesia was the first time that such a payment has been made specifically for a turn-back, Fairfax Media has learnt.

Law Council blasts new citizenship terrorism laws as much too broad

Iraq war

David Wroe, National Security Correspondent Australia's peak legal body has blasted the Abbott government's proposed law to strip dual national terrorists of their citizenship as far too broad and denying suspects natural justice in...

Tony Abbott commits to 'continuous build' of new surface naval ships

New major shipbuilding projects are expected to include frigates.

David Wroe Tony Abbott has committed to beefing up building naval surface ships in Australia in the coming years by creating a "continuous build" to keep shipyards and their workers busy.

Citizenship could be stripped for wide range of offences under terror laws

The graffiti on Parliament House.

David Wroe Gareth Smith, 72, is hardly the death cult killer the Abbott government has in mind when it vows to strip dual national terrorists of their Australian citizenship.

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Children of terrorists could also lose citizenship under broad new laws

Peter Dutton

David Wroe Children of terrorists could also have their citizenship revoked under the government's sweeping new laws cracking down on dual nationals involved in terrorism.

Mohamed Elomar killed in Syria, but friend Khaled Sharrouf may still live

Mohamed Elomar.

David Wroe, National Security Correspondent Reviled jihadist Mohamed Elomar was killed in an air strike on a convoy of vehicles in the Islamic State's defacto capital in Syria in recent days, not in Iraq as previously thought, Fairfax Media...

Australian Islamic State terrorist Mohamed Elomar killed in air strike in Syria

Mohamed Elomar.

David Wroe Jihadist Mohamed Elomar was killed in an air strike on a convoy of vehicles in the Islamic State defacto capital in Syria in recent days, Fairfax Media has learnt.

Tony Abbott's latest citizenship plan gets cautious backing from legal experts

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton.

David Wroe and Tom Allard Top legal experts have given cautious backing to the constitutionality of the Abbott government's latest proposal to strip dual national terrorists of their citizenship.

Former terrorism law watchdog Bret Walker demands apology from Tony Abbott

The government's rushed handling of its citizenship plans reflected badly on Mr Abbott, Bret Walker said.

David Wroe and Mark Kenny Former national security law watchdog Bret Walker has launched a blistering attack on the government's "absurd" handling of the citizenship debate and demanded Prime Minister Tony Abbott apologise to...

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Arrest warrant issued for Islamic State doctor Tareq Kamleh

Australian doctor Tareq Kamleh in the IS propaganda video.

David Wroe The Australian Federal Police have issued an arrest warrant for Tareq Kamleh, the Australian doctor who has joined the Islamic State and appeared in a recruitment video for the terror group.

European countries say they are 'concerned' and 'surprised' at payment allegations

NEWS: Christmas Island.  August 20, 
2013. Mostly Iraq, Iranian and Pakastani men 
and a few 
children and women  were rescued following the sinkin g of an asylum seeker boat 
at Christmas Island. Photo by Sharon 
Tisdale .

Sarah Whyte and David Wroe European countries in the midst of a spiralling asylum seeker crisis have been "surprised" and "concerned" at the allegation that the Australian government has paid people smugglers, a senior...

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North Korea: the problem child of Asia refuses to learn

This undated picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency last week shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un inspecting artillery personnel.

David Wroe Tony Abbott remarked recently that Australia's policy towards China was driven by "fear and greed". Those instinctive drives are at least understandable.

Labor opts for silence as past people smuggling payment allegations surface

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

David Wroe and Sarah Whyte Cash payments have been made to members of Indonesian people smuggling rings by Australian intelligence officials for at least the past four years, including under the former Labor government,...

UNHCR says it would be "shocked" at payments to people smugglers

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

Sarah Whyte and David Wroe The UNHCR say they would be "shocked" if payment allegations are true