David Wroe

David Wroe

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

Prime Minister Tony Abbott talks of Canada as 'family' after attacks

David Wroe Prime Minister Tony Abbott declared Australians and Canadians to be "family" facing a common danger as federal Parliament stepped up security on Thursday in the wake of the attack in Ottawa.

Bankstown boy threatens Prime Minister Tony Abbott in Islamic State recruitment video

Ran away from his Bankstown family home: Abdullah Elmir.

David Wroe and Natalie O'Brien A Sydney teenager has emerged as a poster boy for the Islamic State, appearing in a chilling recruitment video threatening Tony Abbott and vowing the militant group will fight until it conquers the...

Islamic State urges killings as Prime Minister Tony Abbott warns over price of freedom

Muhammad al Adnani, ISIL's chief spokesman. Image taken from Youtube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWxunIdR2CA

David Wroe and Heath Aston Islamic State has urged its supporters to go out and kill civilians of the West, including Australians, as Prime Minister Tony Abbott warned the nation will have to sacrifice freedoms for security...

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Tony Abbott says humanitarian intervention limited to Iraq

Tony Abbott

David Wroe and Nick O'Malley Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he doesn't plan to adopt a broader doctrine of intervening around the world to solve humanitarian crises beyond the current Iraq emergency.

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, Defence Correspondent 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...

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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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.

Manus Island police chief slams Tony Abbott

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David Wroe, Sarah Whyte and Philip Wen Manus Island's police chief has blasted the Abbott government's running of the immigration detention camp on the island, suggesting the recent fatal violence could have been avoided.

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Malaysia Airlines MH370: Tony Abbott offer to help grieving relatives get to Perth

Tony Abbott

Lindsay Murdoch, David Wroe, Philip Wen The grieving families of the passengers and crew on Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 are clamouring to come to Perth to be nearer the search after a declaration by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak...

Abbott finds his French Connection on emission controls

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Mark Kenny and David Wroe Tony Abbott wants to see strong and binding emissions reductions targets set at next year's major climate conference in Paris, following one-on-one talks with his French counterpart, President...

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G20: Russia say warships heading towards Brisbane are taking part in routine exercise

Russian warship Varyag.

David Wroe A fleet of Russian warships continued to steam south closer to the G20 host city of Brisbane on Thursday as experts stressed the show of force was aimed at the world as a whole, not just Australia.

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Australian special forces unable to join fight against Islamic State until lraq issues visas

In limbo: Australian special forces are waiting for Iraqi visas before they can join the fight against Islamic State.

Peter Hartcher and David Wroe Australia's special forces are elite warriors with a fearsome reputation, but it seems they have met their match in Iraq – the Baghdad bureaucracy.

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Army chief predicts a long war as US and Arab states hit IS in Syria

Chief of Army General David Morrison at the Officer's Mess Duntroon Royal Military College in Canberra on 9 October 2013. Photo: Andrew Meares for Boss

David Wroe, Tom Allard and Heath Aston Australia's most senior soldier, Chief of Army Lieutenant General David Morrison, has warned the fight against the Islamic State may be part of one "long war" that lasts for decades into the future.

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Australian Defence Force personnel advised to wear civvies due to terror threats

ADF

Julieanne Strachan, David Wroe, Judith Ireland The Abbott government has said it is prepared to extend police powers even further if law enforcement agencies say they are needed.

Terror laws used to hold suspects

Raids spark international alarm (Thumbnail)

David Wroe Counter-terrorism authorities have used for the first time extraordinary, Howard-era powers to hold in secret and without charge three suspects arrested in Thursday's terror raids.

Australian terrorism suspects held under powers introduced by Howard government

David Wroe Counter-terrorism authorities have used for the first time extraordinary, Howard-era powers to hold without charge three suspects arrested in Thursday's terror raids.

Ground forces should come from Arab countries: Bishop

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has reiterated there is

David Wroe Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has made a strong pitch for Arab countries providing any ground forces that might be needed to beat back the brutal Islamic State group in Iraq.

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Australian military 'advisers' likely to join Iraqis on battlefield

Australian SAS Soldiers

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.

Don't attack Islamic leaders: ASIO boss

Director-General of Security, David Irvine addresses the media during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 16 July 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

David Wroe David Irvine hits back at suggestions that Muslim leaders

Terror hits home: US said to be seeking allies for Iraq bombing raids

David Wroe Australia's Defence Chief has warned the brutal Islamic State group will sooner or later have to be defeated "on the battlefield", as the United States was reportedly preparing to ask Australia for...