Smoke rises from a mortar blast in Mosul as Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi prepares to leave the nearby landing zone, Oct. 21, 2004.
A Defense Department official says insurgent attacks against Iraqis and U.S.-led forces are up 25 percent since Ramadan began last week. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, also said insurgents receive some funds from outside Iraq. Hear NPR's Eric Westervelt.
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