Minor premise: In October 2009, the Iraq Ministry of Human Rights counted, according to the Congressional Research Service:
51,675 "martyred victims," or civilians who have died and been identified, and 34,019 "bodies found," or civilians who have died but who were not identified, for a total of 85,694 civilian deaths from 2004 through 2008. This total includes only those deaths due to terrorist attacks, defined as "direct bombings, assassinations, kidnappings, and forced displacement of the population." In other words, the Iraq Ministry of Human Rights does not include in its total any civilian deaths that may have been due to coalition occupation or fighting between militias within Iraq.Conclusion: IBC over-counts and its tally starts earlier than the Iraqi Ministry's. And the Ministry doesn't include inter-militia deaths, which often were "terrorist v. terrorist."
Still, doesn't that mean that at least 85 percent of civilian fatalities in Iraq were killed by terrorists, not coalition soldiers or Iraqi police? I thought so.