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Paul Conroy of the Sunday Times lays wounded last week in a makeshift clinic in Homs, Syria. Activist groups say Mr. Conroy has been smuggled to safety in neighboring Lebanon by Syrian rebels. (Shaam News Network via Associated Press)

Paul Conroy of the Sunday Times lays wounded last week in a makeshift clinic in Homs, Syria. Activist groups say Mr. Conroy has been smuggled to safety in neighboring Lebanon by Syrian rebels. (Shaam News Network via 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.