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US General Pershing formally requested an army of 1 million soldiers earlier this week in preparation for his maneuvers in Europe.

On July 6, 5,000 Arab rebels led by T.E. Lawrence captured Aquaba, defeating its garrison of 350, with an additional 450 Ottoman infantry. Two Arabs were killed, while half the Ottoman force was killed before the rest surrendered soon after British warships arrived off the coast and began shelling the defenses. T.E. Lawrence was almost killed when he shot his own camel in the head and fell off it.

Kerensky’s offensive continues with some Russian success against the Austro-Hungarian armies. Across Europe, the British war planners have postponed the amphibious landing in Belgium due to the plans being leaked and a German spoiling attack disrupting their lines.

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