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White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest gives a press briefing at a hotel in Vineyard Haven, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest gives a press briefing at a hotel in Vineyard Haven, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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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.