David Wroe

David Wroe

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

ASIO boss says government is fighting terrorism, not Islam

David Wroe Australia's top spy has launched an impassioned appeal to the nation's half a million Muslims not to mistake the Abbott government's counterterrorism push as "fighting Islam".

Terrorist beheadings could happen in Australia, Tony Abbott warns as he pushes tougher security laws


David Wroe Horrific acts of terrorism such as the ''truly sickening and utterly evil'' beheading of journalist James Foley could happen in Western countries including Australia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has...

PNG quiet over expat lead on Manus murder

Photo of killed asylum seeker Reza Barati that was displayed at the memorial service, held at the Al-Mahdi mosque in the Nabard neighbourhood in South East Tehran, Iran. 27th Feburary, 2014. Photo: Kate Geraghty

David Wroe, Sarah Whyte AFP say they've received no request from their PNG counterparts to trace or interview expatriate suspects in the murder of Iranian asylum-seeker Reza Barati on Manus Island.

Fresh sex offence claim at Defence Force Academy, as cadet arrested over assault allegations

Royal Military College Staff Cadet exercise in the Wide Bay training area, Queensland.

David Wroe The Australian Defence Force Academy is at the centre of yet more sexual offence claims, with a male cadet arrested on Tuesday after two female cadets alleged that he sexually assaulted them.

Reza Barati: Two men arrested over death of asylum seeker at PNG detention centre

Photo of killed asylum seeker Reza Barati that was displayed at the memorial service, held at the Al-Mahdi mosque in the Nabard neighbourhood in South East Tehran, Iran. 27th Feburary, 2014. Photo: Kate Geraghty

David Wroe, Sarah Whyte Two men have been arrested over the death of asylum-seeker Reza Barati on Manus Island and are expected to be charged with murder, a PNG police spokesman has confirmed.

Tony Abbott meets Muslim leaders to discuss travel bans

Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks with members of Australia's multicultural media during a question and answer session, at Strathfield Town Hall, in Sydney, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts) NO ARCHIVING

David Wroe, Daisy Dumas Muslim leaders have used a bridge-building meeting with Prime Minister Tony Abbott to raise doubts about creating no-go zones that would force travellers to Iraq and Syria to prove they are not...

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Key Phnom Penh posting suggests Australia's asylum seeker deal with Cambodia is almost done

Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon Scott Morrison
will holds a media conference in Sydney.
Photo: Wolter Peeters
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The Sydney Morning Herald

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Ben Doherty and David Wroe Australia has reportedly installed a key immigration bureaucrat in its Phnom Penh embassy as the government prepares to send up to 1000 asylum seekers in its care on Nauru to Cambodia.

Complex humanitarian mission in Iraq was no child's play

Cameron Clark

David Wroe Last weekend, Squadron Leader Cameron Clark was playing with his daughter when the decision was made to prepare a humanitarian mission to help stranded Yazidi refugees in Iraq.

'Perilous' Iraq situation might require further Australian help, says Tony Abbott

Prime Minister Tony Abbott visited the Headquarters Joint Operations Command near Canberra and conducted a press conference on Friday 15 August 2014. Photo: Andrew Meares

David Wroe The security situation in Iraq "remains perilous" and Australia is still discussing with international partners how it can further help the strife-torn country, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has warned.

Iraq aid flights will continue till refugees are safe: Tony Abbott

Prime Minister Tony Abbott talks to troops.

David Wroe PM vows that Australia will continue flying humanitarian missions over Mount Sinjar until safety can be guaranteed for the thousands of Yazidi refugees.

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Tony Abbott visits troops involved in Iraq humanitarian drops at Al Minhad Air Base

Private Toby Rogalski, a Parachute Rigger with 176 Air Dispatch Squadron, prepares a skid board for an airdrop bundle of humanitarian aid.

David Wroe Prime Minister Tony Abbott has paid an unannounced visit to Al Minhad Air Base in the Middle East as Australian forces began air dropping aid to stranded refugees in northern Iraq.

Australian troops may join US in Iraq


David Wroe Australian soldiers could join limited US-led ground force to help rescue tens of thousands of stranded Iraqi refugees.

Australian jihadists involved with 'worst of the worst' atrocities in Syria and Iraq, ASIO boss says


David Wroe, Defence Correspondent Australia's top spy calls the current Middle East conflicts 'social media wars' and warns this could inspire young followers at home.

Australia, US to join forces in targeting foreign fighters in Iraq

John Kerry

David Wroe Australia and the US will join forces to appeal for a major international effort through the United Nations to combat the frightening phenomenon of foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria.

Julie Bishop stares down Russia over MH17 tragedy

Julie Bishop

David Wroe Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has dramatically stepped up Australia's condemnation of Moscow over the flight MH17 tragedy, accusing it of trying to use humanitarian help as a pretext for an...

Defence paper questions whether Australia’s next subs to be built at home

Recently said the government wanted to support local naval shipbuilding: Defence Minister David Johnston.

David Wroe A defence discussion paper that will help set the direction for military spending in the years ahead has openly questioned whether Australia’s next fleet of submarines should be built at home.

MP warns recruitment video more dangerous than Australian jihadists


David Wroe The radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has produced a slick video to recruit Indonesians - a phenomenon that a member of Parliament’s intelligence and security committee warns poses a...

Soldiers join mission to find MH17 victims

Ukraine has formally handed overall responsibility for the crash investigation to the Dutch

David Wroe, Peter Hartcher and James Massola Australian soldiers are set to join an enlarged police presence to help secure the crash site of MH17 as the Abbott government worked against the clock on Friday to secure deals with key players to...

Australian soldiers to back up police in securing Ukrainian site of MH17 crash

Prime Minister Tony Abbott addresses the media during a joint press conference with AFP Commissioner Tony Negus after receiving an update on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, at the incident coordination centre at the AFP headquarters in Canberra on Friday 25 July 2014. Photo:

David Wroe and Judith Ireland A small number of Australian soldiers will be deployed to back up police charged with securing the crash site of MH-17 in Ukraine.

Tony Abbott admits federal police face 'difficulty' on mission to MH17 crash site

Prime Minister Tony Abbott addresses the media on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 24 July 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

David Wroe, James Massola Prime Minister Tony Abbott has acknowledged that 50 Australian police officers who have flown to London ahead of a mission to secure the MH17 crash site may face ''difficulty'' as armed pro-Russian...

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