David Wroe

David Wroe

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

Two Australians among Islamic State cell supplying weapons and cash: local reports

David Wroe and Lisa Cox Two Australians are among a Kuwait-based Islamic State cell that was supplying money, fighters and weapons including surface-to-air missiles to the militant group, Kuwaiti authorities say.

Russia won't 'cling' to Assad, envoy says

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

David Wroe and James Massola Russia will not "cling" to the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, a spokesman for the embassy in Canberra has insisted, as world powers continue to warily discuss joining forces to end Syria's bloody...

Paris attacks: Defence Minister Marise Payne backs Barack Obama on IS strategy

Defence Minister Marise Payne indicated that any further military contribution from Australia is likely to be modest.

David Wroe Defence Minister Marise Payne has backed President Barack Obama after the US leader faced bruising questions and fierce criticism at home overnight about his Islamic State strategy.

Paris terror attacks: Philip Ruddock criticises top Islamic leader over foreign policy comments

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David Wroe Veteran Liberal Philip Ruddock has hit out at the nation's top Islamic leader over suggestions Western military intervention and foreign policy partly explained the Paris terror attacks.

Paris terror attacks: Military moves against IS offer little hope of quick victory

David Wroe, National Security Correspondent Following his declaration that the Paris attacks were an "act of war", President Francois Hollande swiftly sent French planes to pound Islamic State targets in Syria.

Darwin port sale to Chinese firm raises questions in Washington

Shadow assistant defence minister David Feeney.

David Wroe The sale of Darwin's commercial port to a Chinese firm with military ties has prompted a flurry of diplomatic conversations between Canberra and Washington, which regularly rotates hundreds of...

Experts concerned at 'broader definition' of terrorism in citizenship bill

Professor Anne Twomey of the University of Sydney Law School.

Jane Lee, David Wroe People could be stripped of their citizenship overseas even if they did not commit a terrorist act if a controversial bill is passed, legal experts warn.

Terror 'control orders' may be needed for under-14s, police warn

Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin.

David Wroe Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin has not ruled out a future need to request bail-like "control orders" on children even younger than 14 amid the dramatic drop in the ages of...

'Control orders' on terror teens will be used sparingly, Canberra vows

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during question time on Wednesday.

David Wroe The Turnbull government has vowed that bail-like "control orders" on terrorism suspects as young as 14 will be used sparingly and will always take into account the best interests of the child.

Citizenship terror law will face test in High Court, Malcolm Turnbull says

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull answers questions from journalists at Parliament House on Wednesday.

David Wroe Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull admits that "only time will tell" whether the government's plans to strip dual national terrorists of their Australian citizenship will survive a High Court challenge.

Army must be prepared for major land wars, Chief Angus Campbell says

Army Chief Angus Campbell on Iraq:

David Wroe Australia's military needs to be ready to fight large-scale conventional land wars across a world that "surprises us and sees us in environments which we might not have expected", Army Chief Angus...

Terrorists to lose citizenship as Abbott-era laws go ahead

Laws to strip dual national terrorists of their Australian citizenship are set to pass Parliament as soon as this week.

David Wroe Laws to strip dual national terrorists of their Australian citizenship are set to pass Parliament as soon as this week after the Turnbull government agreed to make changes recommended by a...

Get into China fast, top diplomat says ahead of free trade deal

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade secretary Peter Varghese.

David Wroe Australia must deepen investment and trade with China as quickly possible to avoid surrendering advantage to other countries also clamouring for a share of the booming Chinese market, the nation's...

Nugan Hand bank mystery: AFP to consider new information after Michael Hand found

A composite photo of the old and new Michael Hand.

David Wroe The Australian Federal Police say they will consider any new information in the case of Michael Hand, one of Australia's most wanted fugitives who has been found living in small-town America.

Number of Australian jihadists in Syria and Iraq drops for first time

Attorney-General George Brandis has sought to dispel  any suggestions that Malcolm Turnbull would be be as focused on terrorism as Tony Abbott.

David Wroe and Michaela Whitbourn The number of Australians fighting in Syria and Iraq has fallen for the first time since the rise of the Islamic State terror group as the flow of these "foreign fighters" fails to keep pace with the...

Russian plane likely felled by smuggled bomb in hold: intelligence

British Prime Minister David Cameron holds a news conference with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi at 10 Downing Street.

David Wroe The likelihood that the Russian air disaster in Egypt was a terrorist attack continues to mount with well-briefed Australian officials now sharing the view the plane was felled by a smuggled bomb.

Move to enforce family violence intervention orders across Australia

Justice Minister Michael Keenan.

Jane Lee, David Wroe A plan to allow family violence survivors to be able to enforce intervention orders against abusers all around the country has been given support from the states and territories.

Australia, US alone on Syria air strikes after British change of heart

Justice Minister Michael Keenan.

David Wroe The Turnbull government has expressed veiled disappointment that Britain will not join Australia in expanding air strikes into Syria, leaving the RAAF and the US Air Force as the only contributors.

Defence chief Mark Binskin warns against privatising military housing

Chief of the Defence Force Mark Binskin.

David Wroe The Chief of the Defence Force Mark Binskin has taken the rare step of publicly cautioning the government against selling off the organisation that provides housing to military personnel.

South China Sea: Whose neighbourhood is it, anyway?

A Chinese development at Hughes Reef in the Union Banks, located in the northern Spratly Islands. China's land reclamation program is an effort to redraw the maritime map in the South China Sea.

David Wroe and Philip Wen The US has reportedly sailed a destroyer within a few kilometres of one of China's man-made islands in the South China Sea as a test to Beijing.

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