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Israeli schoolchildren wear gas masks during a drill in the central Israeli city of Lod in 2007. Matan Vilnai, Israel’s outgoing civil defense chief, said in an assessment published Wednesday that an attack on Iran’s nuclear sites would likely trigger a drawn-out war that would last for a month and kill as many as 500 Israelis. (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.