The regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is intensifying its crackdown on the country's political opposition. Its leaders are organizing their resistance from Turkey.The Syrian National Council, the highest-level opposition body in exile, has its headquarters in Istanbul. The Free Syrian Army is also led from Turkish territory. The commander of the armed resistance lives in a refugee camp in southern Turkey. Members of the Syrian opposition often put their lives on the line in order to smuggle humanitarian aid and even weapons across the border.