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Turkish riot police stand guard as Kurdish protesters gather for a demonstration in Istanbul on Wednesday to mark the anniversary of the 1999 capture of Abdullah Ocalan, then head of the Kurdish rebel group PKK. (Associated Press)

Turkish riot police stand guard as Kurdish protesters gather for a demonstration in Istanbul on Wednesday to mark the anniversary of the 1999 capture of Abdullah Ocalan, then head of the Kurdish rebel group PKK. (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.