AL QAEDA BOSS TRIES TO STOP THE INFIGHTING IN SYRIA

Al Qaeda boss Ayman al-Zawahiri has urged jihadist rebel groups in Syria to stop their infighting and focus on the battle to overthrow Bashar Assad’s regime so they can set up a “just Muslim government.”

Clashes between Sunni militants, some of whom are linked to al Qaeda, have claimed more than 1,000 lives this month, according to a monitoring group. Click here to read the story.

IRAQIS MAKE GAINS AGAINST AL QAEDA

Iraqi security forces and their tribal allies have made gains in heavy fighting in Ramadi, security officials and tribal leaders said. But Sunni militant insurgents aligned with al Qaeda appeared to maintain control of much of Falluja, another important city in Anbar province.

The fighting in Falluja is complicated. Some armed tribesmen will little sympathy for al Qaeda and its desire to set up a Sunni Islamic state in Iraq have now apparently decided that the Shiite-dominated govt is their greater enemy.

Many of the militants in Anbar are members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or ISIS, a Qaeda-affiliated group that’s also among the fiercest combatants in the Syrian civil war.