AlterNet's Ten Most Important Iraq Articles from 2006

Here are ten AlterNet articles from 2006 that really conveyed the tragedy and chaos of the American occupation of Iraq.

10. The Rise and Fall of a War Profiteer
By Sarah Anderson, AlterNet
Just months ago, bulletproof vest-maker David H. Brooks was living large, having raked in millions selling the military body armor. But it was his last hurrah.

9. CACI: Torture in Iraq, Intimidation at Home
By Joshua Holland, AlterNet
Dogged by serious allegations of human rights abuses in Iraq, a leading profiteer from the Iraq war engages in intimidation campaigns against journalists in America who seek to expose its practices.

8. Iraq's Sectarian Bloodshed 'Made in the USA'
By Erik Leaver and Raed Jarrar, AlterNet
Iraq never had a history of sectarian conflicts. U.S. policy choices provided a perfect road map for starting one.

7. I Was A PR Intern in Iraq
By Willem Marx, Harper's
In this astonishing confessional by an Oxford graduate who worked in the green zone of Baghdad, we see the perversity of the American version of a 'free press' in Iraq.

6. Rape, Murder, and the American GI
By Robin Morgan, Women's Media Center
We must not forget the death of Abeer, who was allegedly stalked, raped and killed by American soldiers. Abeer was 14 years old; her name means 'fragrance of flowers.'

5. A Wave of Sexual Terrorism In Iraq
By Ruth Rosen, Tomdispatch.com
Behind the rape and murder of an Iraqi girl and her family lies a far larger story of what's happened to women in Iraq since they were 'liberated' by the Bush administration.

4. Active Duty Soldiers Call for An End to the Occupation of Iraq
By Marc Cooper, TheNation.com
For first time since Vietnam, hundreds of active-duty military personnel have organized to oppose a war that they are fighting.

3. The Hatred Behind 'Hadji Girl'
By Sheldon Rampton, Center for Media and Democracy
A videotaped recording of a Marine singing about a shootout with an Iraqi family has war critics up in arms about U.S. troops' open hostility to Muslims and Arabs.

2. When AWOL Is the Only Way Out
By Peter Laufer, AlterNet
As explained in a new book, Mission Rejected, the sight of U.S. troops kicking the heads of decapitated Iraqis around 'like a soccer ball' made Army soldier Joshua Key desert to Canada.

1. Bush's Petro-Cartel Almost Has Iraq's Oil
By Joshua Holland, AlterNet
Even as Iraq verges on splintering into a sectarian civil war, four big oil companies are on the verge of locking up its massive, profitable reserves, known to everyone in the petroleum industry as "the prize."

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