07/07/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Stephen Colbert Iraq Trip: US Army Confirms Colbert Has Arrived

Via Think Progress, the U.S. Army confirms that Stephen Colbert has arrived in Iraq to film episodes of his popular Comedy Central show "The Colbert Report." The tour was arranged by the United Service Organisations (USO), which organizes entertainment for our troops abroad.

The comedian will record a week's worth of episodes and has high-profile interviews lined up with figures such as U.S. General Ray Odierno and Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Barham Saleh.

Of his trip, Colbert said in a statement: "The USO counts this as military service, right? I might want to run for office some day."

Colbert's trip to the Middle East had been shrouded in secrecy, although that didn't stop Governor Sarah Palin from inadvertently blowing Colbert's cover by posting this statement on Twitter:

Getting ready to tape shout-out for our awesome US troops serving overseas! Will be on 'Colbert Report' next month, broadcast from Iraq...