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President Obama called on the military government in Egypt to stop "the cycle of violence and escalation" and said the US was canceling planned joint military exercises with Egypt; aid to Egypt has not been suspended, due to concerns about destabilizing the region. Secretary of State Kerry met with his Iraqi counterpart and warned of the threat posed by the al Qaeda network in Iraq and beyond. The US is trying to decide what to do with leftover military equipment in Afghanistan. Data systems at the Department of Energy were hacked in late July; it was the second such attack at DoE this year.
The White House said it opposes the Egyptian military's imposition of a state of emergency, and condemned the ongoing violence against protesters in Egypt. The State Department said US aid to Egypt is being reviewed in light of recent events. An Air Force unit that operates one-third of the land-based nuclear missiles in the US failed a recent safety and security inspection.
Gen. Martin Dempsey, head of the Joint Chiefs, said the Syrian conflict has become a regional one "that stretches from Beirut to Damascus to Baghdad" and will not be resolved quickly or easily. He said the US is looking for ways to help bolster Jordanian defenses. Shelton Thomas Bell, 19, of Jacksonville, Fla., pled not guilty to charges relating to his jihadist activities, which included training and traveling with a juvenile to the Middle East last year to join al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
A senior US official said the recent al Qaeda threat "expanded the scope of people we could go after" in Yemen because it shed light on those who are providing direct support for terrorism. The State Department condemned the terrorists who set off a number of car bombs in Baghdad as "enemies of Islam" for targeting families celebrating Eid al-Fitr, and reiterated the offer of a $10 million reward for information leading to the capture of al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who is thought to be in Syria. Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, a Bangladeshi national, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for an al Qaeda-inspired plot to bomb the Federal Reserve Bank in Manhattan.