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President Jimmy Carter talks briefly with members of the press at the front door of his Plains, Ga., home Saturday, Dec. 24, 1977 after talking with farm strike representatives. (AP Photo/DC)

President Jimmy Carter talks briefly with members of the press at the front door of his Plains, Ga., home Saturday, Dec. 24, 1977 after talking with farm strike representatives. (AP Photo/DC)

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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.