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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Hillary Clinton: Attack on Syrian envoy 'wholly unacceptable'

September 29, 2011 Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton blasted the attack on the U.S. ambassador in Syria on Thursday, calling the assault by protesters loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "wholly unjustified," the Associated Press reported. Pro-Assad demonstrators assaulted the ambassador, Robert Ford, and several embassy personnel as he was visiting the...

Only two Afghan battalions operating 'independently' -- sort of

September 26, 2011 Nearly 10 years of training and billions of dollars spent and only two of the Afghan National Army battalions are currently able to operate "independently" -- although they still rely on coalition partners for logistical, medical, and maintenance support. The U.S. commander of NATO's training mission in Afghanistan, Lt. Gen....

American flag raised over embassy in Tripoli

September 22, 2011 The American flag was raised over the U.S. embassy in Tripoli on Thursday, a day after the U.S. ambassador returned to Libya. President Obama this week praised the ambassador's return to the embassy, which, with its diplomats evacuated, was closed during the conflict. "The American flag that was lowered before...

Report: U.S. expanding drone bases in East Africa, Arabian Peninsula

September 21, 2011 The United States is ramping up its efforts to attack al-Qaida affiliates in Somalia and Yemen by establishing a "constellation of secret drone bases" in the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, The Washington Post reported. One such base will be established in Ethiopia, an American ally in the...

White House to buy office supplies in bulk to cut costs

September 19, 2011 The same week President Obama will unveil his proposal to cut the national deficit, his White House will begin its own efficiency efforts -- starting with office supplies. Hoping to trim $600 million in the next four years, several federal agencies and departments will start pooling their purchases of office...

Shh . . . U.S. military on ground in Libya, but not really

September 12, 2011 Even with the Obama administration's promise not to deploy American "boots on the ground" in Libya, a Pentagon spokesman acknowledged on Monday that four U.S. military personnel are in Tripoli as part of a State Department team assessing the possibility of reopening the U.S. embassy there. "As I understand it...

Insiders poll: Super committee will cut additional billions in Defense

September 12, 2011 A whopping 83 percent of National Journal's National Security Insiders, many with budget-cutting or policy experience, said that the super committee will slash more from the Pentagon's budget than the $350 billion in defense cuts over the next 10 years that's already on the table. Still, they're divided over how...

Former, current officials reflect on bin Laden hunt a decade after 9/11

September 9, 2011 On Sept. 11, 2001, an executive assistant for then-National Security Agency Director Gen. Michael Hayden interrupted a routine meeting in his office at Fort Meade, Md., to tell him that a plane struck one of the World Trade Center towers. Guessing it was probably an accident, Hayden went back to...

Petraeus takes up new post as CIA director

September 6, 2011 Vice President Joe Biden swore in now-retired Gen. David Petraeus as director of the CIA in a private ceremony on Tuesday, officially marking the four-star general's transition into a career with a far lower profile than his battlefield commands in Iraq and Afghanistan. Petraeus, whose latest post was commander of...

Scores killed in attacks across Iraq

August 15, 2011 In one of the deadliest days in Iraq so far this year, nearly 70 people were killed and dozens more wounded after a period of relative respite from violence there during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The heightened violence is sure to intensify the debate about whether to leave...

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