Sara Sorcher

Sara Sorcher Sara Sorcher is National Journal's national security correspondent. You can find her in the halls of the Pentagon, State Department and Congress covering defense, military and foreign policy issues. Before joining the newsroom in September 2010, Sorcher worked as a freelance journalist in Israel. Her print and video packages have been featured with major outlets including ABC News, The New York Times, TIME, CNN World View and Global Post. Sorcher graduated magna cum laude in Middle Eastern Studies from Tufts University and speaks Hebrew and Arabic.
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CNN: Blackhawk helicopter crashed in Afghanistan, 4 presumed dead

April 19, 2012 A U.S. Army Blackhawk helicopter has crashed in southern Afghanistan and all four crew members who were on board are presumed dead, CNN reported on Thursday. An official told CNN the U.S. believes the helicopter went down during bad weather, but cannot yet rule out enemy action.

Panetta: Graphic photos 'absolutely' violate military regulations, core values

April 18, 2012 Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Wednesday that the conduct of U.S. soldiers posing with the dismembered bodies of Afghan suicide bombers in photos published earlier in the day "absolutely" violates the military's regulations and core values. He pledged to continue an investigation into the troops' alleged misconduct. "This is...

'Time is not infinite' for Iran to give up nuclear ambitions, White House says

April 9, 2012 White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said on Monday that "time is not infinite" for Iran to prove it will give up its nuclear weapons ambitions, as the U.S. and other world powers head to talks with Iran over its program later this week. The New York Times reported the...

Fighter jet crashes in Virginia Beach

April 6, 2012 Two crewmembers ejected from a fighter jet before it crashed in Virginia Beach, a Navy official told National Journal, though the service cannot confirm where it crashed or if there are any casualties. "We're still trying to find out where it crashed," the official said of the F-18D, which seats...

Report: Pentagon, FBI investigating Defense contractor for Iranian ties

April 4, 2012 A new watchdog report finds that the FBI and the Pentagon are quietly investigating whether military contractor Kuwait and Gulf Link Transport Co. has illegal ties to Iran, despite assurances from the Defense Department that there is no indication the company's business dealings ever violated U.S. law. The report by...

Pew: Majority of Americans don't support intervention in Syria

March 15, 2012 Despite some defense hawks' calls for military intervention in Syria, a new national survey shows a majority of Americans are opposed to bombing President Bashar al-Assad’s forces or arming the Syrian rebels in their fight against him. Sixty-two percent of Americans surveyed by the Pew Research Center for the People...

Death penalty possible in Afghan killings case, AP reports

March 13, 2012 Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the death penalty could be possible as the military investigates a U.S. soldier suspected of shooting and killing at least 16 Afghans on Sunday, according to the Associated Press. Speaking to reporters traveling with him to Kyrgyzstan on Monday, Panetta said the killings must not...

Afghanistan war commander: Killings will not accelerate drawdown

March 12, 2012 The alleged killings this weekend by a rogue soldier will not force the U.S. to accelerate its planned drawdown in Afghanistan, the top U.S. commander there said Monday. Gen. John Allen told CNN's Wolf Blitzer the U.S. is "not contemplating... at all" a faster-than-scheduled pullout from Afghanistan despite the possibility...

Afghanistan killings: Not the first time

March 12, 2012 U.S. officials said they were shocked by Sunday’s killings allegedly carried out by an American soldier who went home to home and opened fire on 16 Afghan civilians, including women and children. Attacks on innocent civilians are not without precedent during the long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The big...

McCain calls for air strikes on Syria

March 5, 2012 As the bloodshed intensifies in Syria, Senate Armed Services ranking member John McCain, R-Ariz., on Monday became the first senator to call publicly for Washington to launch air strikes on President Bashar al-Assad's forces to protect the Syrian people in their fight to overthrow the longtime leader. The crisis in...

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