David Wroe

David Wroe

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

Australian troops face threat in Iraq amid slow international response

David Wroe Australian troops in Iraq have been dealing with roadside bombs, significantly raising the risk they face, as a Fairfax Media analysis shows they are shouldering a heavier burden in the fight against...

Government declares Martin Place siege 'terrorism' for insurance

Hostages flee from the Lindt Cafe during the siege.

David Wroe and Gareth Hutchens Sydney businesses affected by the Martin Place siege will have their insurance payouts guaranteed after Treasurer Joe Hockey declared the siege a "terrorist incident".

Designed to resist AK-47s: Tony Abbott's new bulletproof BMW

The Prime Minister's new BMW leads a convoy during the G20 in Brisbane.

David Wroe It's not quite The Beast, the legendary armoured limousine that protects the US President, but it can stop an AK-47 round or a roadside bomb blast.

Police access phone and internet data 1200 times a week

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David Wroe and Nino Bucci Victoria Police have been seeking access to people's phone and internet data at least 1200 times a week, prompting privacy advocates to warn such numbers will soar if controversial "data retention"...

Australian offers of help Nigerian government find kidnapped schoolgirls

Struggling to face Boko Haram: Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan.

David Wroe Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says the Nigerian government has not taken up Australia's repeated offers of help with finding hundreds of kidnapped schoolgirls.

Australian to join White House summit against homegrown terror

David Wroe, National Security Correspondent Australia will join a major gathering of countries in Washington next month in the wake of the Paris attacks for a counter-terrorism summit to consider how to stop young people being drawn to violent...

Australia to join White House counter-terrorism summit in wake of Paris attacks

TIGHT SECURITY: A general view of the White House in Washington.

David Wroe, Heath Aston Australia will join a major gathering of countries in Washington next month in the wake of the Paris attacks for a counter-terrorism summit to consider how to stop young people being drawn to violent...

Returned jihadists under 'reasonable' supervision, Tony Abbott says

Islamic State fighters in Iraq, in a video released by the militants.

David Wroe, National Security Correspondent Prime Minister Tony Abbott has admitted Australian jihadists who've returned from Syria and Iraq might not be watched around the clock but vowed they are all under "reasonable supervision".

Australian special forces work with Iraqi security group accused of killing prisoners, torture

Home run: Special forces returning to Australia.

Philip Dorling, David Wroe Australian Special Forces in Iraq are working with an elite Iraqi security force accused of killing prisoners and other human rights violations.

Paris attack shows danger of foreign fighters

The gunmen open fire on the street.

David Wroe, Defence Correspondent The Paris attack underscores the threat posed by foreign fighters whose training and experience abroad enables them to kill calmly and methodically, former soldiers and experts have said.

Charlie Hebdo attack: Ruthless efficiency of Paris gunmen point to dangers of returning foreign fighters

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David Wroe The Paris attack underscores the threat posed by foreign fighters whose training and experience abroad enables them to kill calmly and methodically.

Turkey bombing raises Anzac Day terror concerns for Gallipoli centenary

Turkish security staff outside the police station where an officer was killed when a female suicide bomber blew herself up in Istanbul, Turkey.

David Wroe Thousands of Australians attending the Gallipoli centenary on Anzac Day will be protected by nearly 4000 Turkish police and paramilitary troops amid terrorism fears.

Terrorism warning for Australian travellers in Indonesia

Tony Abbott with His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

David Wroe Australian travellers in Indonesia have been advised to show a "high degree of caution" after the United States issued a warning of possible terrorist attacks in the country.

Tony Abbott hits out at US over Iraq post-war 'chaos'

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

David Wroe Prime Minister Tony Abbott has blasted in his strongest terms yet the United States' management of Iraq following the 2003 invasion, branding it a period of "chaos and confusion".

Journalists cut out of Tony Abbott visit to Baghdad

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his Iraqi counterpart Haider al-Abardi.

David Wroe and Latika Bourke Prime Minister Tony Abbott has broken with tradition by not taking Australian journalists on a trip to Baghdad, even cutting out a television crew that was ready and waiting in nearby Dubai.

Sydney siege: Backlash against Scipione bail comments

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione in Martin Place on Wednesday.

David Wroe NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione's claim that the Martin Place gunman might not have been free on bail had he been on an ASIO "watch list" has caused anger amongst federal authorities, Fairfax...

Sydney siege: why the gunman inquiry won't give us simple answers

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David Wroe The question of whether Monis was primarily a state or federal responsibility is very blurry.

Mother of killed soldier never felt safe after being harassed by Man Haron Monis

Private Luke Worsley, a 26-year-old Australian Commando serving with the Special Operations Task Group in Afghanistan, is pictured in this Department of Defence handout photograph made available on November 23, 2007. Worsley was killed during an operation against Taliban bomb-making bases in Uruzgan province, Australian Defence Force commander Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston told a news conference on Friday.      REUTERS/Australian department of Defence/Handout (AFGHANISTAN) QUALITY FROM SOURCE.  EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.

David Wroe Man Haron Monis started sending hate-filled letters to the family of commando Luke Worsley the same day they learned of his death in Afghanistan, and Marjorie Worsley says she had never felt safe...

Tony Abbott: Australians right to ask how Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis was 'at large in the community'

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

James Massola and David Wroe Prime Minister Tony Abbott says Australians are right to ask how Sydney gunman Man Haron Monis was "entirely at large in the community".

Philip Ruddock: Psychological problems part of humanitarian refugee intake

Doesn't recall case: Former immigration minister Philip Ruddock said many people claiming persecution suffered psychological problems.

David Wroe, National Security Correspondent Former immigration minister Philip Ruddock has said that traumatised refugees with psychological problems are part of any humanitarian refugee program, as attention focused on the background of Man...