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White House press secretary Jay Carney pauses as he speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 29, 2014. Carney discussed the Department of Veterans Affairs and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and other topics. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

White House press secretary Jay Carney pauses as he speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 29, 2014. Carney discussed the Department of Veterans Affairs and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and other topics. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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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.