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Syrian rebels rest in a pickup truck Saturday in Aleppo. “Life in Aleppo has become unbearable. ... There’s shelling night and day, every day,” said a Syrian writer who spoke via telephone on the condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals. Iran is Syria’s only remaining ally in the Middle East after 17 months of fighting. (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.