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Saturday
Jul302011

Jon Stewart Visits Troops in Afghanistan

Brad Barket/Getty Images(KANDAHAR, Afghanistan) -- U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan are being treated to a visit from comedian Jon Stewart.

Admiral Mike Mullen was questioned by troops about the looming debt crisis, still unresolved, and whether they would be paid in the event of a default. On the lighter side, The Daily Show's Jon Stewart was accompanying the Admiral.

Stewart and Mullen are expected to fly to Bagram later Saturday. This is Admiral Mullen's final scheduled trip to Afghanistan.

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Wednesday
Jul132011

Sgt. Moore Reacts to Mila Kunis' Acceptance to the Marine Corps Ball

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Sgt. Scott Moore, the Marine in Afghanistan who will be taking Black Swan actress Mila Kunis to the Marine Corps Ball in November, spoke out Tuesday about why he invited the actress in the first place.

"The idea behind my YouTube invitation to Mila Kunis came about after some Marines from 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, and I were hanging out talking," Moore said in a statement. "One of the Marines bet that I wouldn't make the video and post it. Of course, a bet between Marines must be honored, so I took the chance. You can't make shots that you don't take, so I took the best shot I could.

"The Marines of 3/2, my family and friends back home in Grove City, Pa. have been so supportive, and did a great job of getting the video a lot of attention," he said. "I'm very excited about the opportunity to share the experience with Ms. Kunis and would like thank her for accepting my offer."

Over the weekend, Kunis said yes while doing publicity for her upcoming film, Friends with Benefits, with Justin Timberlake. Apparently it was Timberlake who encouraged Kunis to agree.

"JT and I had this all planned from the start. He's been a great wingman; it's nice to know he can get over the jealousy to help a brother out (just kidding)," Moore said. "Justin Timberlake's encouragement definitely helped; I owe him one."

In an e-mail sent to ABC News, Moore admitted that taking Kunis to the ball was a long shot.

"We all talk about what we are going to do when we get back, and this was my dream," he said. "I do feel bad for putting her on the spot, but it's not like I was going to bump into her on the streets of Musa Qala between now and the ball."

Instead, Moore, a data systems technician with the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, currently stationed in Musa Qala, Afghanistan, set up a YouTube page called "Go With Me Mila" and posted a brief video asking the 27-year-old actress to accompany him to the ball on Nov. 18 in Greenville, N.C.

"I always thought I had a chance, and sometimes that's all you need," Moore said in a statement.

This year's ball will be special, not just because Kunis is his date, but also because its the 236th birthday of the Marine Corps and his unit will be home from Afghanistan, Moore said. As for any special plans he has in store for Kunis, "I think I'll keep that a secret for now; we have to iron out the details."

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Thursday
Mar032011

Angelina Jolie Meets with Former Refugees in Afghanistan

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Angelina Jolie was in Kabul, Afghanistan on Wednesday to meet with former refugees who've returned to the country and are trying to rebuild their lives.

The actress, who's an ambassador for the United Nations' refugee agency, said, "It is clear traveling through the country that what needs to be done is a very focused approach on these places of return...and that means not just putting a shelter up but making sure there's water, making sure there's job opportunities, making sure there's a school for the children, and medical."

Jolie also visited with children in a village who will attend a school that she helped build. Jolie is calling upon other countries to assist not only the former refugees who've returned to Afghanistan, but also the refugees who've been displaced by the political conflict in Libya.

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