Coalition Troops Struggling With Masses of Civilians Pouring Into Battle Area
8 April 2004
Masses of civilians with women and children flocking to Fallujah would disrupt
US combat in same way as the pilgrim multitude streaming into Karbala and Najef
for Shiite Arbain festival now thwarts coalition action against Shiite uprising
leader Moqtada Sadr. Two to 3 million pilgrims expected at peak. Some might
even join civilian march on Fallujah.