David Wroe

David Wroe

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

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.

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...

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.

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.

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

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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...

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.

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.

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.

Sailors involved in HMAS Ballarat hazing may face sack

Hazing allegations: the HMAS Ballarat.

David Wroe Defence is investigating fresh claims of sexual hazing rituals aboard a Navy warship even as it grapples with how to punish perpetrators in the most recent public hazing episode.

Navy's Air Warfare Destroyer project blows out by $300m

David Wroe The cost of building Australia's most powerful warships has blown out by $300 million - a figure likely to rise sharply - amid management problems and poor productivity, an auditor's report has found.

Australia urged to address its languishing defence budget, says government adviser

David Wroe, Philip Wen China's sharp military rise underscores the need for Australia to bolster its own defence spending and in particular improve its spying capabilities, an adviser to the government's next defence...

Chief of the Defence Force David Hurley warns of challenges from expanding region

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David Wroe Australia's military is facing greater challenges to keep ahead of expanding powers in the neighbourhood as it tries to protect trade routes vital to the lifeblood of the economy, Chief of the...

Navy's hazing accused to avoid court martial

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David Wroe Navy sailors accused of sexually assaulting their comrades in hazing rituals aboard HMAS Ballarat will avoid court martial after the military prosecutor decided there was not enough evidence against...

Malaysia Airlines jet may have stayed low, used commercial routes to avoid radar

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Tom Allard, Lindsay Murdoch, David Wroe Investigators are examining whether the missing Malaysia Airlines passenger jet flew at low altitude to avoid radar detection and masked its unauthorised journey further by taking known commercial...

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.
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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.

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...

Malaysia Airlines jet may have flown low to avoid radar

Tom Allard Lindsay Murdoch David Wroe A possibility the missing Malaysia Airlines passenger jet may have flown at low altitude to avoid radar detection, further masking its unauthorised journey by taking known commercial routes across...