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Technicians monitor the status of a fracking drill as it descends thousands of feet below the earth's surface. Opponents say fracking contaminates the water supply with chemicals used in the process.  (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times)

Technicians monitor the status of a fracking drill as it descends thousands of feet below the earth's surface. Opponents say fracking contaminates the water supply with chemicals used in the process. (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.