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Marine Gen. John R. Allen, commander of the International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan, introduces President Obama at Bagram Air Field on May 2. As president, Mr. Obama has continued and even built upon strategies he inherited from George W. Bush. (Associated Press)

Marine Gen. John R. Allen, commander of the International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan, introduces President Obama at Bagram Air Field on May 2. As president, Mr. Obama has continued and even built upon strategies he inherited from George W. Bush. (Associated Press)

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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.