US army extends Iraq duty for 4,000

US army extends Iraq duty for 4,000from ap/yahoo: The Army is stretched so thin by the war in
Iraq that it is again extending the combat tours of thousands of soldiers beyond the promised 12 months — the second such move since August…

“The Army is coming to the end of its rope in Iraq,” said Loren Thompson, a defense analyst at the Lexington Institute, a private research group. “It simply does not have enough active-duty military personnel to sustain the current level of effort.” …

The tour extension affects between 3,500 and 4,000 soldiers in the brigade, officials said. They spoke only on condition of anonymity because the Pentagon had yet to make an announcement.