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Fireworks light up the night sky on the Fourth of July as they explode in front of thousands at the U.S. Capitol, Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial and all along the Mall in between. (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times)

Fireworks light up the night sky on the Fourth of July as they explode in front of thousands at the U.S. Capitol, Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial and all along the Mall in between. (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times)

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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.