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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta is greeted Tuesday by Egyptian Defense Minister Mohamed Hussein Tantawi in Cairo. Mr. Panetta also met for the first time with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. (Associated Press)

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta is greeted Tuesday by Egyptian Defense Minister Mohamed Hussein Tantawi in Cairo. Mr. Panetta also met for the first time with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. (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.