Fake news from the real Mess O’Potamia

Operation Silent Thunder begins tonight. That’s when “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” will begin airing reports from Iraq (for reals!) about the Global War on Terror. Senior War Correspondent Rob Riggle usually reports from a studio in New York with a Baghdad backdrop. But last week he and a couple of Comedy Central producers ...

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Operation Silent Thunder begins tonight. That's when "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" will begin airing reports from Iraq (for reals!) about the Global War on Terror. Senior War Correspondent Rob Riggle usually reports from a studio in New York with a Baghdad backdrop. But last week he and a couple of Comedy Central producers actually got into a plane and flew to Iraq to report on-site.

They went as part of a USO comedy tour called Operation Feel the Heat, which performed on several military bases. In between sketches to entertain the troops, Riggle filmed short sequences that will be featured every night on "The Daily Show" this week. It's not the first time he's been in a combat zone. Riggle happens to be a real-life major in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and served in Afghanistan and Kosovo. Ain't nothin' fake about that!

Operation Silent Thunder begins tonight. That’s when “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” will begin airing reports from Iraq (for reals!) about the Global War on Terror. Senior War Correspondent Rob Riggle usually reports from a studio in New York with a Baghdad backdrop. But last week he and a couple of Comedy Central producers actually got into a plane and flew to Iraq to report on-site.

They went as part of a USO comedy tour called Operation Feel the Heat, which performed on several military bases. In between sketches to entertain the troops, Riggle filmed short sequences that will be featured every night on “The Daily Show” this week. It’s not the first time he’s been in a combat zone. Riggle happens to be a real-life major in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and served in Afghanistan and Kosovo. Ain’t nothin’ fake about that!

Christine Y. Chen is a senior editor at Foreign Policy.

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