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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)

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.