- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 23, 2011

BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian dissident said Tuesday that some members of the opposition have formed a national council with the aim of presenting a united front for the fragmented movement opposing President Bashar Assad.

Obeida al-Nahhas spoke to the Associated Press by phone from Istanbul, where a group of regime opponents have been meeting for several days. He refused to discuss details of the council, saying they are still being worked out.

The Syrian uprising began more than five months ago. Mr. Assad’s regime has been shaken but is in no imminent danger of falling. The protest movement has been working to form a united voice, but infighting has slowed the process.