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"Hydraulic fracturing," or "fracking," requires backbreaking work, long hours and weeks at a time away from home. (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times)

"Hydraulic fracturing," or "fracking," requires backbreaking work, long hours and weeks at a time away from home. (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times)

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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.