Insurgents in Iraq pressed ahead with their campaign of violence today-Thursday, detonating a car bomb in a Baghdad market that killed at least 15 people.
Dozens more were wounded, and a frustrated crowd turned their anger on police and soldiers, throwing stones and shouting at them.
A wave of attacks since the new Iraqi cabinet was announced two weeks ago has killed more than 300 people.
Today, two high-ranking officials from the defense and interior ministries were separately gunned down and killed in Baghdad.
Meanwhile, U.S. Marines continued to lead a five-day-old offensive against insurgents in an area near the Syrian border. The U.S. military says two Marines were killed and 14 hurt Wednesday when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb.
Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.