David Wroe

David Wroe

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

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

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

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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

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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...

RAAF bombing runs begin

Mark Kenny and David Wroe The Abbott government has committed the nation's military to a new and potentially prolonged and open-ended war in Iraq with RAAF airstrikes authorised immediately and special forces due to enter in...

No easy solution in battle with Islamic State

David Wroe Tony Abbott is fond of using his own name for the Islamic State group - "the death cult".

Air strikes in Iraq tipped to start at weekend

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David Wroe Prime Minister Tony Abbott is tipped to announce on Friday that Australia will begin combat operations against the Islamic State group, and air strikes are expected to begin at the weekend.

Terror laws used to hold suspects

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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

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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

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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.

Boots and all? Long war looms in Iraq

The die has been cast: Prime Minister Tony Abbott meets with the Prime Minister of Iraq.

Tom Allard and David Wroe No one wants to call it a war yet but it’s clear the task ahead in tackling Islamic State will be long and dangerous.

Defeating Islamic State could take years

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David Wroe The military campaign against the Islamic State will be unlike any of its post-9/11 predecessors.

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ASIO boss David Irvine warns threat level may rise

ASIO boss David Irvine.

David Wroe ASIO boss David Irvine is considering "very seriously" recommending that the nation's terrorism alert level be raised to "high", meaning that an attack is deemed likely.

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

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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.