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Gen. Carter Ham, head of U.S. Africa Command, said Africa-based terrorist groups are sharing their training, funding and bomb-making materials. They pose a threat to the U.S. and the region, he said. (Associated Press)

Gen. Carter Ham, head of U.S. Africa Command, said Africa-based terrorist groups are sharing their training, funding and bomb-making materials. They pose a threat to the U.S. and the region, he said. (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.