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This photograph, taken by a person not employed by AP, shows people gathering during unrest in Benghazi, the second-largest city in Libya. Residents of the city told reporters by telephone that it was liberated Sunday after soldiers threw their lot with protesters. The claim could not be immediately confirmed. (Associated Press)

This photograph, taken by a person not employed by AP, shows people gathering during unrest in Benghazi, the second-largest city in Libya. Residents of the city told reporters by telephone that it was liberated Sunday after soldiers threw their lot with protesters. The claim could not be immediately confirmed. (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.