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Losing an ally: Mullah Bas Mohammad tells Army Lt. Ross Weinshanker that government authorities rarely visit his village of Charbagh, which relies on NATO troops for security and diplomacy. (Associated Press)

Losing an ally: Mullah Bas Mohammad tells Army Lt. Ross Weinshanker that government authorities rarely visit his village of Charbagh, which relies on NATO troops for security and diplomacy. (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.