David Wroe

David Wroe

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

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...

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

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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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.

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.

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...

Defence chief praises brave service of veteran commando

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David Wroe The Australian commando who died of gunshot wounds in Afghanistan on Tuesday night was a veteran of several tours to the war-torn country, it is understood.

Defence names Lance Corporal Todd Chidgey as Australian soldier who died in non-combat incident in Kabul

Lance Corporal Todd Chidgey

David Wroe The Australian commando who died of non-combat gunshot wounds in Afghanistan this week has been identified as 29-year-old Lance Corporal Todd John Chidgey, who was on his sixth tour to the war-torn...

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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Jihadist threat to Diggers

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David Wroe Australia's most notorious jihadists fighting in Iraq have issued a macabre threat to Australian soldiers as their ranks received a boost from a prominent Melbourne-born preacher who has joined them...

Didgeridoo player to kick off dawn service

Yidinji man, Able Seaman Darren Davies, a boatswain mate on a patrol boat based in Darwin, will be playing the didgeridoo at the start of the Dawn Service on ANZAC Day at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen, Wednesday 23 April 2014.

David Wroe Before the familiar strains of a bugle echo around the Australian War Memorial at Canberra's chilly dawn service, an expected 35,000 people will assemble to the sound of a pulsing didgeridoo.

Currents, acoustics to play lead role in black box search

Personnel from 11 Squadron, 92 Wing are seen onboard the flight deck of their Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) AP-3C Orion as they fly over the southern Indian Ocean

David Wroe Ocean scientists expect to narrow down search area for submerged wreckage of MH370 to 2500 square kilometres by working back along ocean currents from any floating debris found in coming days.

Asylum seekers give police details of Manus slaying

Peter* (not his real name), was a witness on the Sunday night disturbance at the detention centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea on Tuesday 25 March 2014.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
(Photo to go with Michael Gordon's feature on Manus Island)

Michael Gordon and David Wroe Police investigating the killing of Reza Barati have for the first time been given graphic statements from witnesses, with two Australians emerging as suspects.

Two Australian men wanted for questioning over Reza Berati's death on Manus Island

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Michael Gordon, David Wroe Police investigating the brutal killing of Reza Barati on Manus Island have for the first time been given graphic statements from the asylum seekers who witnessed the slaying, as two Australians...

Abbott's F-35 stealth fighter jet pledge gives local manufacturing a lift

David Wroe The founder of the Melbourne manufacturer Marand learnt his trade at the city's Holden plant. Now his company is making carbon fibre and titanium tails for what is promised to be the most formidable...

More university protests expected after Sophie Mirabella's talk disrupted

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David Wroe, Benjamin Preiss Senior members of the government are bracing for more student protests after Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop and former Coalition frontbencher Sophie Mirabella were harangued in recent days.

Records add heat to climate debate

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Peter Hannam and David Wroe A sweltering 2013, Australia's hottest year on record, is the product of climate change and the warming trend is set to continue, experts say.

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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Fresh face sought to command new border patrol operation

Rear Admiral David Johnston

David Wroe, Daniel Flitton Defence unlikely to choose one of its current top brass to become new border protection tsar.