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Leaders of Iraq's main political blocs meeting Monday are (front row, from left) ex-Prime Minister Ibrahim Jafari, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, President Jalal Talabani and ex- Prime Minister Ayad Allawi. (Iraqi government via Associated Press)

Leaders of Iraq's main political blocs meeting Monday are (front row, from left) ex-Prime Minister Ibrahim Jafari, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, President Jalal Talabani and ex- Prime Minister Ayad Allawi. (Iraqi government via Associated Press)

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Say hello, Assad: See the Navy warships off the coast of Syria

The Navy has sent four warships — USS Ramage, USS Mahan, USS Gravely and USS Barry — armed with ballistic missiles into the eastern Mediterranean Sea amid violence in Syria. Navy ships are capable of a variety of military actions, including launching Tomahawk cruise missiles as they did against Libya in 2011.