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United States Secret Service director Julia Pierson speaks with reporters as Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Tom Carper, D-Del., listens after they departed a committee hearing on recent Secret Service agents behavior, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

United States Secret Service director Julia Pierson speaks with reporters as Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Tom Carper, D-Del., listens after they departed a committee hearing on recent Secret Service agents behavior, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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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.