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The State Department said the US is "very concerned" about the situation in Egypt; refusing to take sides, the US called for the Morsi government to reduce the violence and be more responsive to the Egyptian people. About 500 Marines from a crisis-response unit have deployed to Spain and Italy. On July 5 the US military will aim for first successful missile intercept test since December 2008; two similar tests in 2010 were failures. Another test with a newer warhead is slated for later this year; if successful, the planned expansion of the current ground-based interceptor system will begin.
Secretary of State Kerry said after discussions with Russia that a proposed peace conference on Syria is not likely to occur before at least September. Prosecutors in the trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning said documents found in Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan prove he sought information from WikiLeaks. NSA leaker Edward Snowden is having difficulty finding asylum. Documents show al Qaeda ideologue Anwar al Awlaki spent thousands of dollars on prostitutes while under FBI surveillance in 2001 and 2002. The US tightened sanctions on the trade of metals to Iran, including the export of alumina, which can be used to make ceramic composites for weapons and armor.
Fugitive NSA leader Edward Snowden threatened more leaks and asked a number of countries, including Russia, for asylum; President Putin said Snowden could stay as long as he "cease[d] his work aimed at inflicting damage to our American partners." Secretary of State Kerry has been visiting the Middle East, trying to restart peace talks between the Palestinians and the Israelis.
According to Afghanistan's president Hamid Karzai, President Obama reportedly asked him to sign a security pact with the US within the next three months. Justin Kaliebe, a US citizen from Long Island, faces a possible 30-year prison sentence for trying to join al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. The US is said to be planning to give Yemen three warplanes for use in combating al Qaeda. Due to security concerns, US officials warned against travel to Egypt.
Federal investigators for the Office of Personnel Management alleged that USIS, the largest private provider of background checks for the government, repeatedly misled the government between 2008 and 2011 as to the thoroughness of the checks. The company vetted NSA leaker Edward Snowden in 2011. NSA chief Gen. Alexander said the surveillance program had disrupted 54 terrorist plots, of which 50 led to arrests or detentions, half of which occurred in Europe. Among the 54 foiled plots were 13 that developed inside the US. The Pentagon is updating rules of engagement for cyberwarfare and plans to add 4,000 people to US Cyber Command.