Meanwhile, In Iraq

This makes it 13 dead American soldiers in Iraq during the young month of October.

Four US soldiers have been killed by a roadside bomb that struck their vehicle in northwest Baghdad, the US military said.

Better off under Saddam.

A recent spike in attacks on women has forced many in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul to retreat into their homes or resort to armed escort by relatives and tribal guards.

In recent weeks, Mosul residents have witnessed an unprecedented rise in the number of female corpses found throughout the city.

Zarqawi Not “All That”

A top al-Qaida official warned Abu Musab al-Zarqawi six months before he was killed by a U.S. airstrike that he would be removed as the terror group’s head in Iraq if he did not consult with the group’s leadership on major issues.

An al-Qaida leader named “Atiyah” cautioned al-Zarqawi in an 11-page letter against the war he had declared on Shiite Muslims.

The letter also criticized attacks the Iraqi branch had carried out in neighboring countries — an apparent reference to last year’s triple suicide attacks on hotels in the Jordanian capital of Amman that killed dozens.

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Two government officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the information, said the letter is believed to be authentic. They said Atiyah is considered to be bin Laden’s emissary to Iraq and served as a link between the al-Qaida leader and al-Zarqawi.