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Chinese paramilitary police and riot police stand guard near barricades set up along the main street of Aba, China. The barricades limit access to the town, which has been the scene of protests against Chinese rule. (Associated Press)

Chinese paramilitary police and riot police stand guard near barricades set up along the main street of Aba, China. The barricades limit access to the town, which has been the scene of protests against Chinese rule. (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.