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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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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 ...

General cleared of allegations of ordering psy-ops on senators

July 28, 2011 The military investigation into Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, a three-star general in charge of training Afghan troops, cleared him of all allegations that he ordered an Army unit specializing in psychological operations to manipulate American senators visiting Afghanistan into providing troops and funding for the war. A memo from the ...

Sworn in, Crocker assures careful drawdown in Afghanistan

July 25, 2011 The new American ambassador to Afghanistan, Ryan Crocker, said on Monday that there will be "no rush for the exits" as the U.S. begins the first stages of troop withdrawals. Speaking during his swearing-in ceremony at the American Embassy in Kabul, Crocker said the U.S. will "proceed carefully" in President ...

Report: Military investigation finds U.S. funds reached Taliban

July 25, 2011 U.S. taxpayer money indirectly reached the Taliban under a transportation contract, according to an unreleased military report obtained by the Washington Post, the latest investigation to find that U.S. money may be reaching insurgents. The military's investigation of the U.S.-funded $2 billion contract, which was intended to support local Afghan ...

Obama certifies 'don’t ask, don’t tell' repeal won’t harm readiness

July 22, 2011 President Obama certified on Friday that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military won't adversely affect military readiness, the last major step toward ending the controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Obama certified the repeal and notified Congress after meeting with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chairman ...

Panetta jokes about his colorful remarks during swearing-in ceremony

July 22, 2011 At his public swearing-in ceremony at the Pentagon on Friday, Leon Panetta joked about his emerging reputation as an outspoken Defense secretary -- while sharing a stage with Vice President Joe Biden, who is also famous for his bluntness. "It is something we all know that Joe's heritage is Irish ...

Bin Laden planned Sept. 11 anniversary attack

July 15, 2011 Intelligence obtained from Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan revealed the al-Qaida mastermind, killed in a covert U.S. raid in May, was in the early stages of planning an attack on the U.S. on the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the Wall Street Journal reports. U.S. ...

TSA pilot program to expedite screening for frequent fliers

July 14, 2011 The Transportation Security Administration is launching a pilot program for frequent fliers to reduce the hassle of air travel and free up TSA employees to focus on higher-risk passengers. The voluntary program, to be conducted at four major U.S. airports, comes after the TSA's screening procedures-offering passengers a choice between ...

U.S. to begin 'thinning out' its Afghan forces

June 27, 2011 President Obama's announcement last week that 10,000 troops would leave Afghanistan this year set off a political firestorm, with Democrats accusing Obama of withdrawing too few troops and Republicans accusing him of withdrawing too many. Lost in the fireworks is that the first waves of battlefield changes will generally involve ...