David Wroe

David Wroe

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

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Australian special forces in Iraq to gather intelligence, direct air strikes

Mark Kenny and David Wroe Australia's elite special forces commandos on the ground in Iraq are likely to take a leading role in the gathering of intelligence, the identification of Islamic State insurgents, and in their...

Tony Abbott leaves East Arnhem Land early to farewell troops

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meets with children during his visit to the Dharpa Djarmma Furniture Studio in the Gunyangara community during his visit to North East Arnhem Land on Tuesday  16 September 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Michael Gordon and David Wroe Tony Abbott is set to interrupt his week-long stay in remote East Arnhem Land to farewell air force personnel headed for combat operations in Iraq on Thursday.

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Expert warns on insider attack danger in Iraq

Hazardous: Despite stringent attempts to minimise risk, Tony Abbott has said any operations inside Iraq would be 'highly hazardous'.

David Wroe Prime Minister Tony Abbott has acknowledged that military operations in Iraq will be "highly hazardous" as an expert warned that insider attacks on Australian advisers would be a danger.

Australian military 'advisers' likely to join Iraqis on battlefield

Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Friday, with David Irvine and .

David Wroe Australian special forces soldiers will likely join Iraqi troops out on the battlefield to direct air strikes and provide close mentoring on combat operations, experts say.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott raises terror alert level to high

The Abbott government struck a deal with the Palmer United Party last week to freeze compulsory super contributions at 9.5 per cent for seven years.

Mark Kenny and David Wroe A terrorist attack on Australian soil - possibly initiated by a lone wolf - is regarded as "likely" prompting ASIO and the Australian Federal Police to shift the official risk assessment from medium...

Prime Minister Tony Abbott awaits request from US on Iraq role

Mark Kenny and David Wroe The Abbott government is expecting a "specific" request within days for Australian military involvement in a new war in Iraq after US President Barack Obama announced he would dramatically escalate...

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ASIO boss David Irvine warns threat level may rise

ASIO boss David Irvine.

David Wroe ASIO boss David Irvine is considering "very seriously" recommending that the nation's terrorism alert level be raised to "high", meaning that an attack is deemed likely.

Jobs alarm over plan to buy Japanese submarines

Collins class submarine

David Wroe The federal government is likely to soften a political backlash over plans to buy Japanese submarines – which breaks an election commitment – by sending work on a new "super frigate" to...

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Defeating Islamic State could take years

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David Wroe The military campaign against the Islamic State will be unlike any of its post-9/11 predecessors.

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Australia may send military advisers to Iraq

Prime Minister Tony Abott has signalled he may send Australian Defence Force personnel as military advisers into Iraq.

David Wroe Australian troops including some elite special forces could become part of a US-led effort to train and advise local troops on the ground in Iraq.

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Wiping out Islamic State 'impossible': Julie Bishop

Julie Bishop.

David Wroe Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has warned that destroying the marauding Islamic State group entirely will be "impossible" and that the world may face it as a long-term threat similar to al-Qaeda.

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China takes dig over 'closest friend' remark

Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop welcomes her Chinese counterpart Minister Wang Yi.

David Wroe China's visiting foreign minister has taken an apparent subtle swipe at the Abbott government, saying that his country "may not be Australia's closest friend at the moment".

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Attorney-General George Brandis says Muslims are being preyed on by 'evil' extremists

Attorney-General George Brandis.

David Wroe and Steve Lillebuen Attorney-General George Brandis has used a bridge-building meeting with Islamic leaders in Melbourne to stress that Muslims themselves are being "preyed upon" by "evil" extremists.

Australia should not tolerate Russia bullying: ex-US envoy

Demonstrators at the 2014 NATO Summit in Newport, Wales.

David Wroe and Nick Miller in Newport, Wales A former assistant US secretary of state has firmly backed Tony Abbott's push for a more assertive global security stance – including in Ukraine - saying that countries like Australia should...

Tony Abbott confirms Obama made 'general request' for military might in Iraq

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

David Wroe Prime Minister Tony Abbott has confirmed that Washington made a "general request" to Australia for more military help in Iraq and has declared that the beheading of a second American journalist...

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Australia to step up civil and military assistance for Ukraine as Tony Abbott takes greater position on world stage

The Ukrainian military will soon receive training  from Australian Defence Force personnel.

David Wroe The Abbott government is set to send military trainers and advisers to help Ukraine counter Russia's recent aggression against its neighbour, effectively involving Australia in one of the world's...

Turkey urges Australia to stop outflow of jihadists

Turkey's Ambassador in Canberra, Reha Keskintepe.

David Wroe Turkey's Ambassador in Canberra blasts as "unfair" international calls to tighten the country's border with Syria to stem the flow of foreign jihadists.

Australia at war in Iraq edging closer

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Mark Kenny and David Wroe The prospect of Australian participation in a war against Islamic State fighters in Iraq is edging closer with both Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten in lockstep yesterday branding the militants...

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Russia may retaliate over fresh sanctions

Russia considering trade retaliation after fresh Australian sanctions over its latest incursions into eastern Ukraine.

David Wroe Russia says it will consider launching a trade retaliation after Australia slapped fresh sanctions on the Kremlin for its latest incursions into eastern Ukraine.

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SAS to protect crews on arms drops in Iraq

C-17 Globemaster

David Wroe Elite SAS soldiers will fly on the RAAF's Hercules transport planes to provide protection to the crew when they land in coming days in Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq to deliver arms and munitions.

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