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US Forces Stretched Thin in Iraq

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Issue: 20 Section: International News Geography: Middle East Iraq

July 21, 2004

US Forces Stretched Thin in Iraq

US forces are increasingly stretched thin in Iraq, as evidenced by several recent decisions from the Pentagon. In April, officials announced that many soldiers would be forced to serve well beyond the promised 12 month tour. Many soldiers stationed in Iraq have not yet had an extended break.
To fill additional gaps, the Pentagon has declared that thousands of troops will be forced to stay on duty after their comissions end. Over 5,600 former soldiers have been called back to duty in Iraq, a move that some have called a "forced conscription", and which many observers say presages a post-election draft. Equipment and troops from other US military bases have also been diverted to Iraq.

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