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FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2013 file photo, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon. Dempsey said Wednesday that the impasse over a security agreement between the U.S. and Afghanistan is encouraging the enemy to take bold actions and could lead some Afghan forces to align with the Taliban to “hedge their bets.” (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, 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.