David Wroe

David Wroe

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

Defence says Afghanistan 'less dangerous' so cuts Australian military's pay

Lower allowances: The cut to Australian troops' pay is likely to be controversial.

David Wroe Australian military personnel in Afghanistan are set to have their daily pay bonus cut because the war-torn country is considered "less dangerous" than in the past.

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Australian special forces unable to join fight against Islamic State until lraq issues visas

In limbo: Australian special forces are waiting for Iraqi visas before they can join the fight against Islamic State.

Peter Hartcher and David Wroe Australia's special forces are elite warriors with a fearsome reputation, but it seems they have met their match in Iraq – the Baghdad bureaucracy.

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New law on intelligence sharing assists targeting of Aussie jihadists

Julie Bishop addresses the National Press Club of Australia.

David Wroe Australia's foreign spies could more easily share intelligence with Defence under proposed new laws, potentially giving the military a greater ability to target Australian citizens fighting with...

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

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

Drone from Afghanistan will train pilots for unmanned future

Hands-off flying: A Triton drone.

David Wroe The Australian Defence Force is boosting its drone training program by bringing an unmanned aircraft back from Afghanistan in preparation for a future in which the technology will play a much greater...

Egypt flags release for jailed journalist Peter Greste: report

Jailed Australian journalist Peter Greste.

David Wroe Egypt's President has said he plans to pardon jailed Australian journalist Peter Greste and his colleagues after their appeal early next year, according to an Arabic news report.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott talks of Canada as 'family' after attacks

AFP Officer at Parliament house.

David Wroe Prime Minister Tony Abbott declared Australians and Canadians to be "family" facing a common danger as federal Parliament stepped up security on Thursday in the wake of the attack in Ottawa.

Bankstown boy threatens Prime Minister Tony Abbott in Islamic State recruitment video

Ran away from his Bankstown family home: Abdullah Elmir.

David Wroe and Natalie O'Brien A Sydney teenager has emerged as a poster boy for the Islamic State, appearing in a chilling recruitment video threatening Tony Abbott and vowing the militant group will fight until it conquers the...

Counterterrorism laws get the nod with new checks

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David Wroe and Mark Kenny Sweeping counterterrorism laws that include new offences for "advocating" terrorism and visiting terrorism hotspots could be passed by Canberra within a fortnight after the major parties broadly...

RAAF picks up slack with air strikes over Iraq while coalition forces turn focus to aiding defenders of Kobane

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David Wroe RAAF fighters have carried out at least two deadly air strikes against Islamic State militants, with Australian forces increasing their combat tempo over Iraq to pick up slack left by the diversion...

Australians warned to leave Iraq immediately

David Wroe The Department of Foreign Affairs is warning hundreds of Australians still believed to be in Iraq to get out immediately while Baghdad airport "remains open", underscoring the encroaching threat...

Opposition grows to storage of photo and biometric data

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David Wroe Photographs of millions of Australians will be stored by the Immigration Department and this so-called "biometric data" gathering could extend to fingerprinting and iris scanning under the Abbott...

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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.

Australian commandos expected to work with Iraqi special forces against Islamic State

Chief of the Defence Force Mark Binskin speaking in Canberra on Wednesday.

David Wroe Australian commandos may be partnered with an elite brigade of Iraqi special operations forces to help them battle against Islamic State militants.

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...

How the Super Hornets carried out the first combat

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David Wroe The mission plan came from the top-secret US base in the desert just outside Doha, Qatar, where a senior Royal Australian Air Force officer is embedded.

Iraqi army needs Australian guidance to beat Islamic State

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David Wroe With air strikes set to bottle the Islamic State's fighters up in towns and cities, the question turns to the Iraqi army and whether it is capable of beating the militants on the ground, even with...

Australian commandos to build up Iraqi leadership

Soldiers of the Special Operations Task Group patrol in Oruzgan Province of Afghanistan.

David Wroe Australia's special forces soldiers will have the job of strengthening the leadership cadres of Iraq's forces to prevent the spectacular military collapses that allowed the Islamic State to sweep...

RAAF bombing runs begin

Mark Kenny and David Wroe The Abbott government has committed the nation's military to a new and potentially prolonged and open-ended war in Iraq with RAAF airstrikes authorised immediately and special forces due to enter in...

No easy solution in battle with Islamic State

David Wroe Tony Abbott is fond of using his own name for the Islamic State group - "the death cult".