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President Obama shakes the hand of former Marine Corps Sgt. Dakota Meyer, 23, after awarding him the Medal of Honor. The Kentucky resident was in Afghanistan's Kunar province in September 2009 when he killed at least eight Taliban insurgents, rescuing 36 fellow soldiers from an ambush. (Associated Press)

President Obama shakes the hand of former Marine Corps Sgt. Dakota Meyer, 23, after awarding him the Medal of Honor. The Kentucky resident was in Afghanistan's Kunar province in September 2009 when he killed at least eight Taliban insurgents, rescuing 36 fellow soldiers from an ambush. (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.