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Rescue vehicles swarm the gas plant where al Qaeda-linked terrorists held hundreds of people hostage. An Algerian military assault Saturday ended with the deaths of at least 23 hostages, including an American, and 32 heavily armed kidnappers. (Associated Press)

Rescue vehicles swarm the gas plant where al Qaeda-linked terrorists held hundreds of people hostage. An Algerian military assault Saturday ended with the deaths of at least 23 hostages, including an American, and 32 heavily armed kidnappers. (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.