David Wroe

David Wroe

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

Muslim leaders worried about new terror laws

David Wroe The Abbott government faces an uphill battle to win Muslim community support for new counter-terrorism laws and to dispel fears they are fighting Islam, some community leaders and members say.

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".

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Julie Bishop stares down Russia:

David Wroe, Defence Correspondent Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has dramatically stepped up Australia's condemnation of Moscow over the flight MH17 tragedy, accusing it of trying to use humanitarian help as a pretext for an...

Australia, US to join forces in targeting foreign fighters in Iraq

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David Wroe Australia and the US will join forces to appeal for a major international effort through the United Nations to combat the frightening phenomenon of foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria.

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...

Mountains refugee crisis in Iraq not over, says United Nations

Headquarters Joint Operations Command (HQJOC) Air Mobility Liaison Officer, Squadron Leader (SQNLDR) Cameron Clark. PHOTO: LAC Bill Solomou, Defence News. Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence.

Mid Caption: SQNLDR Clark attended the Australian Defence Force, Support and Response Team (SRT) individual training seminar held at HQJOC on March 22, 2012.

The SRT replaces the Defence Supplementation Staff (DSS) crisis response team. 

The SRT will provide short notice Defence assistance to any Australian High Commission or Embassy in their execution of a National crisis response. The team will rapidly deploy to be part of crisis planning and resolution.

David Wroe Last weekend, Squadron Leader Cameron Clark was in Sydney playing with his daughter when the decision was made to prepare a humanitarian mission to help stranded Yazidi refugees in Iraq.

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...

Australian jihadist arrested in Lebanon

Lebanese Australian cleric Hussam Sabbagh.

David Wroe A prominent Australian jihadist who reportedly commanded 300 militiamen and orchestrated clashes in Syria has been arrested in neighbouring Lebanon.

Abbott decries 'shambolic' site conditions

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James Massola, David Wroe, Judith Ireland Prime Minster Tony Abbott has lashed the ''absolutely shambolic'' situation at the site of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, as he dispatched former defence force chief Angus Houston as his...

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...

Missing MH370 plane flying on autopilot before crashing, as new search zone announced

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David Wroe The mystery flight MH370 was almost certainly set to autopilot before it began its journey south, authorities said, as the government announced a new underwater search zone for the wreckage.

Commission slams transfer at sea as clear rights breach

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Sarah Whyte, David Wroe, Jason Koutsoukis The United Nations has expressed ''profound concern'' over reports that Australia was poised to hand Sri Lankan asylum seekers back to the country's navy on Thursday after only the briefest refugee...

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Stumble with plan to prevent jihadists' return to Australia

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop.

David Wroe, Mark Kenny Most of the Australians fighting with jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq are not dual nationals, the Abbott government has revealed, meaning it will be effectively impossible to stop them coming home.

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.

Manus Island tensions reached flashpoint at pre-riot meeting

A still from video footage of a meeting on Manus Island that descended into combative chaos between asylum seekers and security officials.

David Wroe and Michael Gordon Asylum seekers, already angry about the uncertainty they faced, were repeatedly told they would remain in Manus Island's overcrowded detention centre indefinitely at an incendiary pre-riot meeting,...

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Video shows tense meeting before Manus Island riot

Supplied pix. Manus Island scenes of where Asylum seekers are detained, Stills from video of the day before the riot .  Michael Gordon story Age news 21/4/2014

David Wroe, Michael Gordon Asylum seekers already angry about the uncertainty they faced were repeatedly told they would remain in Manus Island's overcrowded detention centre indefinitely at an incendiary pre-riot meeting,...

David Morrison to share stage with Angelina Jolie after Jedi Council speech

Chief of Army Lieutenant General David Morrison

David Wroe Chief of Army David Morrison was not seeking the international spotlight when he stared fiercely into a camera last June and ordered sexist soldiers to "get out".

Iraq open to military help: ambassador

David Wroe Iraq's ambassador has left the door open to asking for Australia's military help in beating back its bloody insurgency but has warned foreign troops could spark local resentment.

Foreign aid overhaul to squeeze more value for money

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David Wroe A fifth of Australia's aid budget will be geared towards driving economic growth in developing countries - known as ''aid-for-trade'' - under a radical restructure to be unveiled by Foreign Minister...

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