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THE LATEST: Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., (right) takes the hand and the command of Gen. John Allen during a February ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan. Gen. Dunford became the fifth commander of the war in the past five years. (Associated Press)

THE LATEST: Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., (right) takes the hand and the command of Gen. John Allen during a February ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan. Gen. Dunford became the fifth commander of the war in the past five years. (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.