Dylan Welch

Dylan Welch

Dylan Welch covers defence and security for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age and is based in Canberra.

Malaysian court drops drug charges against Australian nurse

Dylan Welch An Australian nurse facing the death penalty in Malaysia over the discovery of a kilogram of methamphetamine has been sensationally freed during a court hearing in Kuala Lumpur.

Police warn of terrorist plans to hit again

Jason Clare

Dylan Welch BALI'S deputy police chief believes there is, "a terrorist group targeting the 10-year memorial of the Bali bombing", and that local authorities would "prioritise" the event.

Bombings led to massive expansion of security regime

bali bombing

Dylan Welch TEN years ago, when bombs ripped through two nightclubs in Bali, Australia knew frighteningly little about the group behind the attack, the now-infamous Jemaah Islamiah, or JI.

'Innocent' men shot in head - villagers

Minister for Defence, Stephen Smith

Caption: Minister for Defence, Stephen Smith visited Afghanistan on Tuesday 10 April and Wednesday 11 April 2012. 

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Rory Callinan, Dylan Welch ANGRY residents in the village where a father and son were killed in a controversial joint Australian-Afghan military raid 12 days ago claim the pair were shot in the head and that women from the...

US blueprint for war with China flawed and could spark nuclear strikes, says expert


Dylan Welch THE US government might like to deny it, but Barack Obama's former intelligence chief has confirmed China is a principal target of a major US war plan.

Crackdown call on fertiliser sold for bombs

These bags of fertiliser are part of the bombs the Taliban are using to attack Australian troops in Afghanistan.

Ben Doherty in Multan and Dylan Welch Not all of the fertiliser manufactured in Pakistan is used on their food crops.

Taliban execution barbaric, says Carr

This frame grab received on July 8, 2012, taken from an undated video which was handed over by a Qol villager to the Parwan provincial government, shows a 22 year old woman named as Najiba (C) sitting at the edge of a ditch shortly before being executed by gunfire in Qol village, Parwan province, north of Kabul.  Najiba was married to a member of a hardline Taliban militant group and was accused of adultery with a Taliban commander, Parwan provincial spokeswoman Roshna Khalid told AFP on July 8. The video has been condemned by the government as un-Islamic and inhuman. Public executions of alleged adulterers were common when the Taliban regime was in power from 1996 until 2001, when they were ousted by a US-led invasion for harbouring Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks. AFP PHOTO ---- EDITORS NOTE ---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE MANDATORY CREDIT

Dylan Welch, Ben Doherty Foreign Minister joins international chorus of condemnation over shooting execution.

'God tells us to finish her': Taliban remind world they are no spent force

Dylan Welch, Ben Doherty ''WE CANNOT forgive her, God tells us to finish her,'' the bearded Talib intones before another man approaches the squatting woman and, yelling ''God is great'', fires nine shots, leaving her dead,...

The new faces of terror

A member of the Islamic Courts Union.

Dylan Welch One year after the killing of Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda is alive and well.

Boy bomber in attack on high-profile Australian aid worker


EXCLUSIVE Dylan Welch in Tarin Kowt Bomber who claimed first Australian civilian casualty in Afghanistan a boy of about 12, with claims Taliban is draftinig Pakistani children for martyrdom.

Fijian visit has Russia's Pacific bid in spotlight

Sergey Lavrov

Dylan Welch DIPLOMATIC eyebrows are being raised by the visit of the Russian Foreign Minister to Fiji, with concerns that Russia is engaging in what Australia last year labelled ''cheque-book diplomacy'' in the...

Come in spinner: Fiji pays Washington lobbyists for image makeover

Voreqe Bainimarama

Dylan Welch in Suva, Fiji THE Fijian regime of Voreqe ''Frank'' Bainimarama has recruited one of Washington's most notorious lobbyist firms - which has been raided by the FBI and represents repressive regimes in the Middle...

Fiji's military regime inspires loyalty, even in the midst of a crackdown


Dylan Welch in Fiji Vijay points to a large, ugly, plaster-covered hole the size of a fist in a wall of his corrugated iron home as he describes Fiji before the coup government of Frank Bainimarama took power.

Fijians face religious repression

Fiji's national flag.

Dylan Welch in Suva, Fiji THE softly spoken Methodist minister, Reverend Tevita Nawadra Banivanua, had every reason to hope 2012 was to be the beginning of a new period of rapprochement between his church and Fiji's military...

Methodists losing faith in Fiji


Dylan Welch, Suva Church will continue to experience suppression despite the lifting of emergency rule.

Fijians 'double-crossed' over lifting of laws

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum

Dylan Welch in Suva, Fiji THE lifting of emergency regulations in Fiji appears to have been little more than an international publicity exercise, critics say.

Tide may have turned as Fijians talk of a brighter future

Lami Bay

Dylan Welch in Suva, Fiji TOMASI DIVI'S son and grandson giggle and play among the heavy, decaying red flowers of the warm Suva street, as the primary school teacher discusses his renewed hope for a better Fiji.

Afghan ally wants out of Oruzgan


Rafael Epstein, Dan Oakes Al Minhad Air Base, Dylan Welch, Bridie Jabour ONE of Australia's key Afghan partners in the province where three soldiers were shot this week is desperate to leave because he fears for his safety.

Hezbollah scared of the truth: Kaldas

Police deputy commissioner Nick Kaldas.

Dylan Welch THE Deputy Commissioner of NSW Police has hit back at claims by Hezbollah that he subverted an investigation into the assassination of the Lebanese president Rafic Hariri, saying the Islamic party's...

Al-Qaeda recruiter killed in Yemen

Anwar al-Awlaki.

Mohammed Hatem, Dylan Welch ANWAR AL-AWLAKI, a US-born Islamic cleric who masterminded the attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound aircraft in 2009 with explosives hidden in underwear, has been killed in Yemen, the Yemen Defence...