Iraqi authorities have reported that 16,273 civilians, soldiers and police died violent deaths in 2006, a figure that outstrips an independent Associated Press count for the year by more than 2,500.
The tabulation by the Iraqi ministries of Health, Defence and Interior on Monday showed that 14,298 civilians, 1,348 police and 627 soldiers fell to violence raging in the country last year.
The Associated Press accounting, gleaned from daily news reports from Baghdad, showed the total at 13,738. The AP does not keep a breakdown of soldiers and police, but instead found that the total number of security forces killed was 1,791, a figure that is 174 less than the Iraqi total of police and soldiers.
The remainder of the AP count is listed as "other" violent deaths that could not definitely be classified civilian or security forces.
The United Nations has said as many as 100 Iraqis die violently each day.