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Signs of American influence on the Iraqi military - including U.S.-made M-16 assault rifles - are unmistakable. Years of training hopefully have given them the skills needed to defend their country and the professionalism to do it differently than Saddam Hussein's forces did. (Associated Press)

Signs of American influence on the Iraqi military - including U.S.-made M-16 assault rifles - are unmistakable. Years of training hopefully have given them the skills needed to defend their country and the professionalism to do it differently than Saddam Hussein's forces did. (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.