David Wroe

David Wroe

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

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...

Australian soldiers accused of misconduct

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David Wroe Australian special forces are being investigated over a case of "alleged misconduct" during an operation in Afghanistan 10 days ago in which four insurgents were killed.

Operation Nostos at Tarin Kowt: destroy the spent and lug the rest home

Australian Defence Force boots

David Wroe In a dusty yard on Kandahar Airfield in southern Afghanistan lies the detritus of a long war. A couple of crates of used military boots - which will be shredded - sit by rolls of never-used Hesco...

Packing frenzy as Diggers prepare for home

An Mi-26 helicopter heading for Multinational Base Tarin Kot, is loaded with equipment, at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan on 28 April 2013.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

David Wroe ADF looks to lug home, sell, destroy or give away 5 million pieces of equipment from Kandahar.

Strategy to win hearts and minds cautiously received

Defence

Deborah Snow and David Wroe Defence white papers only come along every few years and Friday's - just the second since 2000 - was pitched carefully to a domestic as well as an international audience.

Drones are forces' eyes in the sky

Corporal Tyrone Buckland, Wing Commander Adrian Maso and Lieutenant Alan Dickenson, with the Heron, at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan.

David Wroe When air intelligence analyst Tyrone Buckland sits in a box-like portable office at Kandahar Airfield and studies the image being beamed from thousands of metres above a village in southern...

The view from on high, Australia's eyes in the sky

David Wroe When air intelligence analyst Tyrone Buckland sits in a box-like portable office at Kandahar Airfield and studies the image being beamed from thousands of metres above a village in southern...

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David Wroe Australian forces involved in road construction in Afghanistan take criticism as a sign locals are happy with their efforts. David Wroe speaks to Breaking Politics about progress in Afghanistan.

A final service as Tarin Kowt joins sacrifice

Bagpiper during the Anzac Day dawn service at Multinational Base Tarin Kot, in Afghanistan.

David Wroe A pair of Apache gunship helicopters thundered overhead as the light rose over the dawn service at Tarin Kowt base.

Soldiers remember the fallen in Afghanistan

L-R: Private Richard King, Private Brendan Capolicchio, Private Matt Sepping, Corporal Dylan Stalba-Smith, Private David Gnany and Private Shaun Bidgood from 31 Alpha section of Charlie Company 7 RAR, stationed at Multinational Base Tarin Kot, in Afghanistan, on 22 April 2013. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

David Wroe When the world watched two planes slam into the World Trade Centre in New York, Richard King was eight years old. He knew Afghanistan was a land that Alexander the Great passed through.

Soldiers of the iPod generation make their mark

An Australian soldier from the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT), walks past a field of poppies, during an operation to inspect a new road in the Oruzgan province, in Afghanistan, on 22 April 2013.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

David Wroe When the world watched two planes slam into the World Trade Centre in New York, Richard King was eight years old. He knew Afghanistan was a land that Alexander the Great passed through.

Officer avoids jail but is demoted for falsifying data

David Pratt

David Wroe A senior military policeman who falsified paperwork to hide the fact that an Afghan prisoner had been held longer than the regulation 96 hours has escaped a jail term and instead been demoted.

Rethink on strike fighter OK by sellers

Lokheed Martin F-35 (Joint Strike Fighter)

David Wroe Countries such as Australia who are planning to buy the troubled Joint Strike Fighter plane are entitled to rethink their purchase, the manufacturer says.

Buyers are 'entitled to reconsider' fighter deal

Supplied pic of Lokheed Martin F-35 (Joint Strike Fighter)

David Wroe Countries such as Australia that are planning to buy troubled fighter plane entitled to rethink, maker says.

Soldier falsified data

Major David Pratt.

David Wroe A military policeman has been cleared of charges he tried to cover up the apparent beating of an Afghan prisoner by Australian soldiers.

Bid to foil North Korea's nuclear ambitions

Bob Carr

David Wroe Australia will urge China this week to clamp down on the flow of technology and equipment crossing its borders into North Korea that could be used by the rogue nation in its nuclear weapons program.

Australia urges tighter ban on North Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un

David Wroe Australia will urge China this week to clamp down on the flow of technology and equipment crossing its borders into North Korea that could be used by the rogue nation in its nuclear weapons program.

Maybe it's time to make a clean break

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David Wroe ''What does Afghanistan show,'' Stephen Smith asked on Tuesday. ''Easiest thing in the world to get in, hardest thing in the world to get out.

Marching home: after decade of war, end is in sight

FILE PICTURE: An Afghan boy comes out of his house to see Australian troops, during a patrol in the Mirabad Valley, Afghanistan, on Monday 26 March 2012.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen FILE PICTURE

David Wroe After a decade of war in Afghanistan and 39 combat deaths, the end is firmly in sight for Australian troops with the planned closure of their main base by the end of the year.