Marine chief: We are overstretched by Iraq war.

Commandant Gen. James Conway said yesterday that “he is concerned about the Marines Corps’ ability to respond to security flare-ups around the world” because of “the demands put on it by the Iraq war.” “I’m a little bit concerned about us keeping our expeditionary flavor. … We are much heavier than ever before,” he said. Conway’s comments come after The New York Times reported last week that Marine officials are pushing to redeploy their forces to Afghanistan to relieve these burdens.

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