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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey plans to visit Israel for negotiations. The Israeli Defense Ministry confirmed the planned visit by Gen. Dempsey, but it did not give his agenda. Iran is expected to be a priority. (Associated Press)

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey plans to visit Israel for negotiations. The Israeli Defense Ministry confirmed the planned visit by Gen. Dempsey, but it did not give his agenda. Iran is expected to be a priority. (Associated Press)

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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.