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San Francisco 49ers kicker David Akers celebrates after making his first field goal against the Philadelphia Eagles during an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/The News-Journal, Suchat Pederson)

San Francisco 49ers kicker David Akers celebrates after making his first field goal against the Philadelphia Eagles during an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/The News-Journal, Suchat Pederson)

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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.