David Wroe

David Wroe

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

Australian Islamic State recruiter's death unlikely to halt flow of fighters

Rachel Olding and David Wroe Government trying to confirm death of Australian terrorist and Islamic State kingpin Mohammad Ali Baryalei.

Privacy laws putting military lives at risk, says Defence boss

David Wroe, Defence Correspondent Privacy laws are hiding Defence members' mental health histories from their own commanders, potentially putting other military personnel at risk, the Vice Chief of the Defence Force has said.

Kurdish leader calls for action to prevent 'imminent genocide'

In this image shot from the outskirts of Suruc at the Turkey-Syria border, Turkish forces patrol the border as militants with the Islamic State group are seen after placing their group's flag on a hilltop at the eastern side of the town of Kobani, Syria, background, where fighting had been intensified between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab and its surrounding areas have been under attack since mid-September, with militants capturing dozens of nearby Kurdish villages. The flag is indicating that the jihadists may have regrouped and broken through the Kurdish lines. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Mark Kenny and David Wroe The international community, including Australia, should "order" the Turkish military to cross the border into Syria to prevent a looming massacre of Kurdish civilians, the ethnic group's diplomatic...

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.

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

John Kerry

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.

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.

Defence abuse taskforce refers 22 cases to NSW police

David Wroe The taskforce dealing with sexual and other abuse in the military has referred 22 cases to NSW police possibly involving claims such as rape, assault and death threats.

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.

Navy sailors now on 'war footing' to turn back boats

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David Wroe Navy personnel carrying out border protection were quietly stripped of some workplace safety protections and obligations last month in an apparent preparation for dangerous operations such as turning...

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Manus police chief blames Australia for island's chaos

David Wroe Sarah Whyte 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.

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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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.

Wedding pledges to lover 'fantasy', says accused navy captain

Captain Stefan King, in Canberra on Wednesday 28 November 2012.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

David Wroe A RANKING navy captain who faces charges of rorting his spousal allowances while having several sexual liaisons told a court yesterday he was living in a fantasy world when he made wedding plans with...

Defence suspects may face removal

ADFA recruits.

David Wroe The Defence Force may be asked to suspend or reassign alleged rapists and serious abusers in its ranks while their cases are fully investigated under the Gillard government's new military abuse...

Blast for 'gladiator' Diggers

Lt. Col. Chris Smith, Commanding Officer, MTF  (Mentoring Task Force) in his Tarin Kowt base office, Afghanistan
TUESDAY 15TH NOVEMBER 2011
PICTURE BY PENNY STEPHENS
THE AGE

David Wroe Senior army commander blasts behaviour of some Australian soldiers in Afghanistan, saying they expected to be treated as 'Roman gladiators'.

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Victims of military abuse divided

David Wroe Opinions differ on whether Defence Minister Stephen Smith has failed victims of abuse.

Troops 'humiliated' Afghan detainees

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Deborah Snow, David Wroe Afghan detainees captured by the Australian Defence Force and held at a US military prison near Bagram complained to Australian government officials that they were forced to accept humiliatingly...

Afghan detainees 'humiliated in jail'

A US captain silhouetted as he looks on during a media tour of Bagram prison, north of Kabul.

Deborah Snow and David Wroe Afghan detainees captured by Australian soldiers and held at a US military prison near Bagram complained to Australian government officials that they were forced to accept humiliatingly public...

Changing of the guard for border protection

David Wroe Angus Campbell, the government's pick to head up border protection, is tall and thin, with angular features and a mild speaking voice.