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German Chancellor Angela Merkel (left) and and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao walk together after inspecting a guard of honor during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (left) and and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao walk together after inspecting a guard of honor during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

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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.