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A Syrian rebel retreats for cover from enemy fire at the Moaskar front line in the Karmal Jabl neighborhood of Aleppo. Heavy fighting was reported Thursday in the western cities of Allepo and Al Rastan. (Associated Press)

A Syrian rebel retreats for cover from enemy fire at the Moaskar front line in the Karmal Jabl neighborhood of Aleppo. Heavy fighting was reported Thursday in the western cities of Allepo and Al Rastan. (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.