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The US is planning to release two Guantanamo Bay detainees to Algeria; a US official said none of the 12 detainees previously released to Algeria has returned to terrorism. The US told Russia it will not seek the death penalty for NSA leaker Edward Snowden, who has been holed up at a Moscow airport since his arrival. The US military's special operations unit in England is adding equipment and personnel even as US forces in Europe decrease.
The Obama administration said it will not call the overthrow of the Morsi government in Egypt a "coup," thus enabling US aid to Egypt to continue. A report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction found that US agencies still lack authority to terminate contracts with companies believed to be funding or supporting the insurgents. President Obama will meet with Abdo Rabbu Mansour Hadi, President of Yemen, on Aug. 1 to discuss the two nations' counterterrorism partnership and US efforts to repatriate Yemeni detainees at Guantanamo who have been approved for transfer, as well as support for Yemen.
President Obama decided to suspend the delivery of four fighter jets to Egypt. The Pentagon will proceed with planned joint military exercises in Egypt, however. The US is asking Russia for clarification on the status of NSA leaker Edward Snowden, who is said to be likely to soon receive temporary asylum in Russia.
The CIA has begun closing a number of clandestine bases in Afghanistan, pulling staff back to main bases in Kabul, Bagram, Kandahar, Mazar-e Sharif, Jalalabad, and Herat. The US asked Afghanistan to sign a bilateral security agreement by October. Intelligence chief James Clapper said he would be "very concerned" if proposed restrictions on the NSA's phone surveillance program were imposed.
The House Intelligence Committee warily endorsed the administration's plan to arm the Syrian rebels; the Senate Intelligence Committee gave its tentative approval last week. Pentagon chief Gen. Dempsey discussed options for a Syrian intervention, noting that a significant campaign against the Assad regime would cost "billions" and involve "thousands" of troops and "hundreds" of aircraft and ships. He warned that a US military intervention could "inadvertently empower extremists or unleash the very chemical weapons we seek to control."