In light of the complex emergency that has evolved over the past year in Syria, the Yale-Tulane ESF #8 Planning and Response Program are producing special reports. The Yale-Tulane ESF #8 Program is a multi-disciplinary, multi-center, graduate-level, program designed to produce ESF #8 planners and responders with standardized skill sets that are consistent with evolving public policy, technologies, and best practices. The group that produces thjs summary and analysis of the current situation in Syria are graduate students from Yale and Tulane Universities. The reports are compiled entirely from open source materials. Please feel free to forward the report to anyone who might be interested.
AS OF 1600 HRS EDT 26 March 2012: Fighting continues to escalate despite the UN call for a cease fire. The Syrian opposition met on 26 MAR 2012, in Istanbul in an effort to form a unified voice ahead of the next week's Friends of Syria conference.
AS OF 1600 HRS EDT 18 March 2012: Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad gained ground in the cities of Idlib and Deraa last week intensifying efforts against the opposition. The uprising is approaching its first anniversary with no negotiated settlement in sight. The United Nations estimates some 8,000 people, many of them civilians, have died in the increasingly bloody revolt.