Syrian dissidents step up campaign in Turkish city of Istanbul
bbc / Jonathan Head

Six months after they started their uprising, Syrian opposition groups have for the first time agreed on a single body to represent them.

Meeting on the outskirts of Istanbul, a number of the most prominent dissidents living in exile announced the establishment of a Syrian National Council with 140 members.

"It's a kind of national assembly and it will have to give its voice on any major decisions," said spokeswoman Basma Qadmani.

"There will be an executive body, too, and this will be the interlocutor for foreign governments."

We have been here before, however.

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