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.