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Army Staff Sgt. Bob Winchester is among the U.S. troops who are scheduled to withdraw and leave security duties to Afghan police and army forces, which are contending with high corruption and attrition rates and low levels of literacy. (Associated Press)

Army Staff Sgt. Bob Winchester is among the U.S. troops who are scheduled to withdraw and leave security duties to Afghan police and army forces, which are contending with high corruption and attrition rates and low levels of literacy. (Associated Press)

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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.