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Small American flags — one for each of the 2,977 victims of the 9/11 attacks 12 years ago, stand in a grassy area outside George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium in Washington on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. (Matthew Lounsberry/The Washington Times)

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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.