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12/14/03

Soldier's Wife Hopes Dictator's Arrest Will Bring Husband Home Sooner

Saddam Hussein's capture was especially sweet for people with loved ones serving in the Middle East. People like Judy Irby whose husband is a Mississippi Army National Guardsman currently serving in Iraq. For months Irby has asked God to protect her husband and other troops serving in Iraq. When she heard of Saddam Hussein's capture Sunday morning, she knew her prayers had been answered.

"Then when they announced that it was a special report by American Family Radio and I thought it's true, it's true," she said. "Then I got up and ran to the TV and the phones started ringing. I was ecstatic."

So ecstatic that she picked out an outfit for church that reflected her joy.

"I'm wearing this [sweater] that I got at the thrift store because it had the American Flag on it and I'm so proud of our American troops and our president. My heart is for Jesus, and I just couldn't be happier."

Irby hopes the arrest will make Iraq a safer place for her husband Sgt. Thomas Irby. Sgt. Irby is a member of the 890th Engineering Battalion.

"I haven't been able to talk to him because I'm sure there's not a free line in Iraq anywhere. "I can't wait to talk to him to see how he feels about that happening and whether it might get him home any sooner."

Judy Irby praised the American troops for a job well done. She says the people in Iraq will have a better life because of it.

"I think it will give hope to the Iraqi people that they're dictator is gone and he won't be back and they are indeed free."

by Danielle Thomas

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