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Sheik Ahmad Assir (left) greets supporters to his protest camp in the southern Lebanon port city of Sidon, declaring it an uprising against Hezbollah’s weapons. While the hardline Sunni cleric and his followers may not be a direct threat to Hezbollah, his willingness to publicly confront the terrorist group with strong ties to Syrian President Basher Assad underlines the dangers the group faces as it tries to retain the power and influence it has built up over 30 years. (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.