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Ayman al-Zawahri, left, holds a press conference with Osama bin ...
Gazette Photographer: The Associated Press / Mazhar Ali Khan/The Associated Press
Ayman al-Zawahri, left, holds a press conference with Osama bin Laden in Khost, Afghanistan in 1998. Al-Qaida's central leadership broke with one of its most powerful branch commanders, who in defiance of its orders spread his operations from Iraq to join the fighting in Syria and fueled bitter infighting among Islamic militant factions in Syria’s civil war. The break, announced in a statement Monday, appeared to be an attempt by Al-Zawahri, to establish control over the feuding militant groups in Syria and stem the increasingly bloody reprisals among them.
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