A Syrian soldier films the damage to the Syrian Scientific Research Center which was attacked by U.S., British and French military strikes.
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Assad's war machine will go on despite strikesThe Western airstrikes targeting suspected Syrian chemical weapons facilities might have sent punishment from the sky, but they won't fundamentally degrade a war machine whose main bases, weaponry and personnel remain in place. The Pentagon said the strikes targeted three facilities – a scientific research center in the Damascus area, allegedly linked to the production and testing of chemical and biological warfare technology; a chemical weapons storage facility west of Homs; and a chemical weapons equipment storage facility and key command post, also west of Homs.Capt. Adulsalam Abdulrazek, a former officer in Syria's chemical program, said the overnight strikes probably hit "parts of, but not the heart" of the operation.Speaking to the Associated Press from rebel-held northern Syria, Abdulrazek said they were unlikely to curb the government's ability to produce such weapons or launch new attacks.It is one of at least three sites that have been consistently referenced in association with Syria's chemical weapons program, including Masyaf and Dummar, also known as Jamraya, both reported to have been hit by Israeli strikes last year.
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