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Ben Affleck (center) stars in "Argo," a thriller about the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis. The film is among 289 feature-length films to be shown at the 11-day festival. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Ben Affleck (center) stars in "Argo," a thriller about the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis. The film is among 289 feature-length films to be shown at the 11-day festival. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

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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.