A suicide car bomber killed at least 11 people Monday in Iraq's western town of Hit. Eight of the dead were civilians; three were Iraqi soldiers.
In Baghdad, insurgents staged an attack at dawn, firing automatic weapons and rocket propelled grenades at Iraq's heavily-guarded Interior ministry. Two policemen were killed, and five were injured in the attack. There were no reported casualties among the insurgents.
Insurgents linked to al-Qaeda are reported to have taken control of the city of Qaim, west of Baghdad, near the Syrian border. The seizure of the city took place in spite of recent coalition activity in the area. Meanwhile, in the province of Basra, two British soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb.