McCain on Fox News Sunday (via C-Span radio rebroadcast): "Al-Qaeda is on the rise" -- failing to distinguish between Zawahiri and the various AQ branches. Even Chris Wallace had a hard time with that: "You're not suggesting Al-Qaeda is stronger now than before 9/11?" McCain: it is "metastasizing." (Btw, Zawahiri recently told Al-Qaeda in Iraq to end its merger with the al-Nusra front in Syria; the order was ignored.)
Update (8/13): WaPo piece today about AQ-in-Iraq (a/k/a the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) expanding its presence in Syria.