David Wroe

David Wroe

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

Air strikes in Iraq tipped to start at weekend

David Wroe, Defence Correspondent 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.

RAAF starts dry runs before Iraq mission

Super Hornet aircrew head to their aircraft in preparation for their departure.

David Wroe The RAAF's commander in the Middle East has declared his forces "ready for combat" as Australian planes began flying practice missions over Iraq ahead of an anticipated green light for military...

'No-kidding ready to go': RAAF starts practice runs in Middle East

A RAAF Super Hornet aircrew.

David Wroe RAAF planes have begun practice runs in the Middle East with the head of the air task group declaring his team "ready" for an order expected within days to start combat missions in Iraq.

Tougher ASIO laws could jail journalists for revealing operations

Duncan Lewis, the new director-general of ASIO, was introduced by Attorney-General George Brandis at Parliament House on Monday.

David Wroe Australia is poised to install some of the toughest penalties in the world for disclosing the identity of an intelligence agent with the first raft of national security reforms set to pass Parliament.

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.

Network of extremism fosters radicals

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David Wroe Numan Haider appears to have had links with Australian extremists through the complex and tight-knit networks that flow right through to Islamic State in the Middle East.

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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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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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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.

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.

Terrorism raids: plot to kill Aussies on video by top terrorist Mohammad Baryalei

Mohammad Ali Baryalei: Mastermind behind plot to murder Australians on video.

David Wroe and Nick Ralston Top terrorist recruiter Mohammad Baryalei is behind an Islamic State plot to murder Australians on video, police say, sparking the nation's biggest ever counter-terrorism raids and prompting warnings...

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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Sharrouf family firm shut over terror funding fears

SHarrouf

Nick Ralston, Emma Partridge and David Wroe A Lakemba money transfer business owned by the sister and brother-in-law of convicted Sydney terrorist Khaled Sharrouf has been suspended amid concerns it was sending millions of dollars to the...

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.

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.

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...

Abbott blasts Moscow, faces new pressure to ban Putin from G20

David Wroe Pressure is mounting on Tony Abbott to push for a ban on Russia leader Vladimir Putin attending the Brisbane G20 meeting after Moscow caused international outrage by moving troops and tanks into...

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.