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San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks answers questions from reporters in the locker room at an NFL training facility in Santa Clara, Calif., Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. The 49ers lost to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks answers questions from reporters in the locker room at an NFL training facility in Santa Clara, Calif., Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. The 49ers lost to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

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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.