There seems to be a basic disconnect between the Definition of a Civilian and the Reason to protect Civilians. It has been the central strategy of certain powers, to blur the line, this is something that is harming all civilized countries. Your country, will lose this war, because your country can not cope with this type of strategy and the war will come and closer to you, until your streets look like Gaza and the "Civilians" are butchering your children before your eyes.
U.S. confirms ISIS computer expert killed in air strike (Reuters)
from the article: Goldstone to Haaretz: U.S. does not have to protect Israel blindly