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A Lebanese army soldier stands on top of a tank during clashes that erupted in the northern port city of Tripoli, Lebanon, on Wednesday. The fighting comes as rebels close in on Syrian President Bashar Assad’s seat of power in Damascus. (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.