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Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry heard loud applause at the Veterans of Foreign Wars 112th National Conference on Monday when he said only U.S. officers should be leading American troops in missions abroad. (Associated Press)

Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry heard loud applause at the Veterans of Foreign Wars 112th National Conference on Monday when he said only U.S. officers should be leading American troops in missions abroad. (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.