Roadside Bomb Kills 10 Marines Near Fallujah

December 2, 2005 - 9:38 p.m. CST

BAGHDAD, Iraq - A roadside bomb killed 10 Marines and wounded 11 others on a foot patrol near Fallujah, the U.S. military announced Friday.

It was the deadliest attack against American troops in four months.The ambush occurred Thursday against Marines from Regimental Combat Team 8, based at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

The Marine unit has suffered some of the highest casualties of the Iraq war. The unit's latest losses were among 14 new deaths in Iraq announced by the military Friday.

With at least 793 American lives lost since January, 2005 appears on track to become the deadliest year for the troops since the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003. There were 846 deaths in 2004, and 485 the previous year.

Altogether, at least 2,127 have died since the beginning of the war, according to an Associated Press count.