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Wife of soldier deployed in Iraq reacts to tensions in Middle East

Posted at 5:58 PM, Jan 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-03 20:35:22-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)  — Sarah and Caleb Whitely got married in Dec. 2018. It was just a month after he’d received his deployment letter for Iraq. Whitely would need to report for duty at the end of August.

“When he went over there things were pretty chill and I was like ‘Okay. I can do this.’ And then like over night all that stuff comes out,” said Sarah Whitely.

A U.S. airstrike on Iraq killed Qassem Soleimani, a top Iranian military commander, on Thursday. Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, promised retaliation against those responsible.

“It’s just kind of knowing that there’s a chance that he has to go out and do his job and be in harm’s way,” said an emotional Whitely. “I just can’t imagine anything happening to him because he’s like my best friend and the best father ever.”

The United States government has announced approximately 3,000 troops will be deployed to the Middle East after thousands of people stormed the compound of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

Whitely said she’s holding on to hope.

“Just have to have faith and pray that everything will be okay and they’ll come home.”