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".

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

The now infamous Khaled Sharrouf steadily post gruesome pictures on web social media sites.

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 will supply fleeing Iraqis until safe, says PM

Prime Minister Tony Abbott talks to troops during a visit to  Al Minhad Air Base during an unannounced visit on August 14, 2014. Photo: ADF


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David Wroe Prime Minister Tony Abbott says Australia will continue flying humanitarian missions over Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq until safety can be guaranteed for the thousands of Yazidi refugees hiding in...

Australian suicide bomber kills three in Iraq

David Wroe The first Australian suicide bomber in Iraq killed three people in the heart of Baghdad on Thursday, an extremist group has claimed, raising the involvement of local jihadists in the spiralling...

Religious extremist Musa Cerantonio set to walk free after his deportation

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Lindsay Murdoch, David Wroe Philippine authorities are treating Australian religious extremist Musa Cerantonio as a "high risk and high value" prisoner but he is set to walk free after his imminent deportation to Melbourne.

Safety first as investigators fly to Kiev

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David Wroe Australian air crash investigators are headed to Kiev where they will team up with Dutch, British and possibly American counterparts but will have to wait until there is a guarantee of safety from...

Increased powers will boost terrorism fight

Attorney-General Senator George Brandis

David Wroe Spy agencies will be given new powers to access computers and monitor online communications amid growing fears about the terrorism threat posed by Australians fighting in the Middle East.

Miles Armitage: Africa's jihadist groups the new threat, says Australia's counter-terrorism ambassador

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David Wroe Australia's new counterterrorism ambassador has singled out the growth of jihadist groups in Africa as a key concern in the post-Bin Laden era, as global terrorism continues to evolve and morph.

Miles Armitage: Africa new axis of global terrorism

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau

David Wroe Australia's new counter-terrorism ambassador has singled out the growth of jihadist groups in Africa as a key concern in the post-bin Laden era of global terror.

Scott Morrison stands by hard line at Manus Island as report finds local worker led Reza Barati attack

Sarah Whyte, David Wroe Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has vowed to maintain his hardline approach on asylum seekers despite admitting ''great regret'' that urgent security upgrades were not made to Manus Island...

Australians fighting for rebels in Iraq

Iraqi Shiite.

David Wroe Australians are fighting in Iraq with the al-Qaeda splinter group whose lightning offensive over the past week threatens to tear the fragile country apart.

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Dead wrong on Manus

Scott Morrison

David Wroe, Jonathan Swan Tony Abbott has defended Immigration Minister Scott Morrison against calls for him to be sacked, saying the Australian people would not want a ''wimp'' defending their borders.

PNG request for police help on Manus Island denied

David Wroe The Australian Federal Police refused a request from Papua New Guinea for an officer to help interview witnesses to the killing of asylum seeker Reza Barati on Manus Island.

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Two Australian men wanted for questioning over Reza Berati's death on Manus Island

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Michael Gordon, David Wroe Police investigating the brutal killing of Reza Barati on Manus Island have for the first time been given graphic statements from the asylum seekers who witnessed the slaying, as two Australians...

Reza Barati murder arrests expected within days

Murdered asylum seeker, Reza Berati . Photo supplied

David Wroe, Sarah Whyte Manus Island police say they are poised to charge several men with the murder of Reza Barati, the asylum seeker killed in a violent confrontation at the island's detention centre.

Currents, acoustics to play lead role in black box search

Personnel from 11 Squadron, 92 Wing are seen onboard the flight deck of their Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) AP-3C Orion as they fly over the southern Indian Ocean

David Wroe Ocean scientists expect to narrow down search area for submerged wreckage of MH370 to 2500 square kilometres by working back along ocean currents from any floating debris found in coming days.

Asylum seekers give police details of Manus slaying

Peter* (not his real name), was a witness on the Sunday night disturbance at the detention centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea on Tuesday 25 March 2014.
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(Photo to go with Michael Gordon's feature on Manus Island)

Michael Gordon and David Wroe Police investigating the killing of Reza Barati have for the first time been given graphic statements from witnesses, with two Australians emerging as suspects.

Reza Barati murder: AFP turns down PNG plea for help to interview witnesses

David Wroe The Australian Federal Police has refused a request from Papua New Guinea for an officer to help interview witnesses to the killing of asylum seeker Reza Barati on Manus Island in February.

Jakarta sparks boat standoff

HMAS Ballarat.

Michael Bachelard, Natalie O'Brien and David Wroe Indonesia has declared it will refuse to take back asylum seekers rescued by Australian ships unless there is a threat to their lives, as a standoff between the countries continued off Java on Friday...

More woe for Tony Abbott over broken election promises as forecast tips shortfall in new jobs

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

David Wroe The Abbott government faces more pressure over broken election promises as a new analysis shows it will fall well short of its pledge to create a million jobs over five years.