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FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2014, file photo, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith (99) watches from the sideline during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Denver Broncos in Santa Clara, Calif. Aldon Smith has been suspended for nine games by the NFL after a series of off-field legal issues. A statement Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, from the league said Smith had violated the NFL’s substance abuse and personal conduct policies. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

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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.