David Wroe

David Wroe

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

Attorney-General George Brandis says Muslims are being preyed on by 'evil' extremists

David Wroe and Steve Lillebuen Attorney-General George Brandis has used a bridge-building meeting with Islamic leaders in Melbourne to stress that Muslims themselves are being "preyed upon" by "evil" extremists.

Defeating Islamic State could take years

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David Wroe The military campaign against the Islamic State will be unlike any of its post-9/11 predecessors.

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ASIO boss David Irvine warns threat level may rise

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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.

Jobs alarm over plan to buy Japanese submarines

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David Wroe The federal government is likely to soften a political backlash over plans to buy Japanese submarines – which breaks an election commitment – by sending work on a new "super frigate" to...

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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...

SAS to protect crews on arms drops in Iraq

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David Wroe Elite SAS soldiers will fly on the RAAF's Hercules transport planes to provide protection to the crew when they land in coming days in Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq to deliver arms and munitions.

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Russia may retaliate over fresh sanctions

Russia considering trade retaliation after fresh Australian sanctions over its latest incursions into eastern Ukraine.

David Wroe Russia says it will consider launching a trade retaliation after Australia slapped fresh sanctions on the Kremlin for its latest incursions into eastern Ukraine.

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Australia should not tolerate Russia bullying: ex-US envoy

Demonstrators at the 2014 NATO Summit in Newport, Wales.

David Wroe and Nick Miller in Newport, Wales A former assistant US secretary of state has firmly backed Tony Abbott's push for a more assertive global security stance – including in Ukraine - saying that countries like Australia should...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.