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"We will start our mission as soon as possible and we hope it will be a success," says Col. Ahmed Himmiche (foreground) of Morocco before he and other U.N. observers leave a hotel in Damascus, Syria, on Monday. (Associated Press)

"We will start our mission as soon as possible and we hope it will be a success," says Col. Ahmed Himmiche (foreground) of Morocco before he and other U.N. observers leave a hotel in Damascus, Syria, on Monday. (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.