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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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...

Petraeus acknowledges differences with Obama over Afghan drawdown

June 23, 2011 Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, acknowledged on Thursday that President Obama had ordered a faster military withdrawal from the country than Petraeus had wanted, but he said he would nevertheless "salute smartly and do everything humanly possible to execute it." Petraeus made the comments during a...

Case closed: District court dismisses bin Laden charges after nearly 13 years

June 17, 2011 New York Southern District Court Judge Lewis Kaplan dismissed all criminal charges Friday against Osama bin Laden, who was killed in Pakistan last month. Bin Laden had been wanted for more than a decade in New York, where his al-Qaida network twice helped mastermind attacks against the World Trade Center...

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