Two U.S. Marines were killed and six wounded Friday in a homicide car bombing near the Marines' camp in Fallujah (search), the U.S. military said.
Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt (search) said the attack occurred Friday morning.
However, the attack did not appear to have slowed down moves to turn over security inside Fallujah to an Iraqi force made up mostly of former Iraqi army members.
The latest deaths bring the number of U.S. service members killed since the Iraq war began in March 2003 to 738. A total of 128 U.S. troops have been killed by hostile fire this month, the bloodiest for American forces since the war began.