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New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, left, talks with quarterback Drew Brees before an NFC divisional playoff NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, left, talks with quarterback Drew Brees before an NFC divisional playoff NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

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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.