– Mitt Romney had a pretty rough day in London yesterday after criticizing the British for what he saw as their sub-par preparations for the Olympics. But Romney tried to make nice this morning in an interview with NBC. “After being here a couple of days, it looks like London is ready,” Romney said.
– Meanwhile, just as Romney lands in Israel, President Obama will sign a bill that will strengthen U.S.-Israeli military cooperation.
– Insurgent attacks in Afghanistan in the three months through June was 11 percent higher than last year. However coalition troop deaths fell when compared to one year ago: from 66 in June, 2011 to 39 last month.
– The New York Times reports: The top American military official responsible for defending the United States against cyberattacks said Thursday that there had been a 17-fold increase in computer attacks on American infrastructure between 2009 and 2011, initiated by criminal gangs, hackers and other nations.
– As fighting rages in Syria’s largest city of Aleppo, opposition figures said a member of the Syrian parliament has defected and crossed into Turkey.
– The Wall Street Journal reports: The U.S. is considering new steps to counter an emerging haven for al Qaeda militants in Mali, officials said, ranging from working more with local forces to more direct intervention should the U.S. be threatened.