“It was a slap in the face:” Marines were ordered to clean up Kabul airport for the Taliban

Killroy* may have been here, but you’d never know with the current brass in charge of outgoing troops.

US Marines were reportedly ordered to clean up anti-Taliban and ISIS graffiti before departing Kabul, according to a disgruntled Marine who spoke to the press.

Despite losing thirteen of their own and leaving Afghanistan in a less-than-dignified manner, Marines were reportedly told by commanders to sanitize any anti-Taliban and ISIS messages they sprayed onto walls and furniture prior to departure.

The Marines, who were fittingly given the job of destroying US-made equipment prior to leaving Afghanistan, were reportedly insulted by the order, particularly after losing so many of their own.

According to the New York Post, one Marine even spoke to the Washington Post.

“My boys had to go … pick up every last piece of … trash for who? The Taliban?” said the Marine, who was not identified. “It was a slap in the face to us.”

Marine spokesman First Lt. Jack Coppola claimed the trash was cleaned up to avoid impacting aircraft operations, but did not specify why the graffiti was removed.

*Kilroy was here is a meme that became popular during World War II, typically seen in graffiti. Its origin is debated, but the phrase and the distinctive accompanying doodle became associated with GIs in the 1940s: a bald-headed man (sometimes depicted as having a few hairs) with a prominent nose peeking over a wall with his fingers clutching the wall.

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