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With a child on his hip and a rifle in his hand, a Syrian army defector celebrates with comrades after they joined the anti-regime forces in Homs province. The Syrian government crackdown has killed more than 5,400 people since March.

With a child on his hip and a rifle in his hand, a Syrian army defector celebrates with comrades after they joined the anti-regime forces in Homs province. The Syrian government crackdown has killed more than 5,400 people since March.

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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.