Porter County in the Iraq War and OccupationCasualties of the Iraq War from Porter County . . . .

The following information concerning Porter County residents who died while serving in the military during the Iraq War and the Occupation of Iraq was obtained from various newspaper sources.

Background Information
Prior to the war, the governments of the United States and the United Kingdom claimed that Iraq's alleged possession of weapons of mass destruction posed an imminent threat to their security and that of their coalition allies. After the invasion, the U.S.-led Iraq Survey Group concluded that Iraq had ended its WMD programs in 1991 and had no active programs at the time of the invasion, but that they intended to resume production if the Iraq sanctions were lifted. Other reasons for the invasion stated by U.S. officials included Iraq's financial support for the families of Palestinian suicide bombers, Iraqi government human rights abuses, and an effort on the part of the coalition forces to spread democracy in the country and region. The invasion of Iraq beginning on March 20, 2003, led to an occupation and the eventual capture of Saddam Hussein, who was later executed by the Iraqi Government. Violence against coalition forces and among various sectarian groups soon led to asymmetric warfare with the Iraqi insurgency, strife between many Sunni and Shia Iraqi groups, and al-Qaeda operations in Iraq. Below is presented a list of Porter County citizens that perished while serving in the Iraq War. Please note that this casualty list may be incomplete.

Porter County Operation Iraqi Freedom Casualties

Surname, Given Name
Amos, John D.
Buckley, Roy Russell
Harting, Adam J.
Sirko, Steven Frederick

Information prepared by Steven R. Shook


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