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Former Liberian President Charles Taylor takes notes Thursday while awaiting a verdict in his trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity. He was found guilty of 11 charges, including terror, murder, rape and conscripting child soldiers. (Associated Press)

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor takes notes Thursday while awaiting a verdict in his trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity. He was found guilty of 11 charges, including terror, murder, rape and conscripting child soldiers. (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.