Memorial for 13 troops killed in Kabul terror attack is vandalized with US flags RIPPED APART before 9/11 anniversary

Memorial for 13 troops killed in Kabul terror attack is vandalized with US flags RIPPED APART before 9/11 anniversary

A MEMORIAL for the 13 troops killed in the Kabul terror attack was horrifically vandalized and defaced on Tuesday as US flags were ripped apart ahead of the 9/11 anniversary.

Photos of the damage were shared on Facebook and police say the suspect ripped down the flags at the memorial in Riverside, California – just days before America mourns the 20th anniversary of the terror attacks.

Police say the flags commemorating the Marines' death were ripped down
Police say the flags commemorating the Marines’ death were ripped downCredit: Facebook
It was erected to pay tribute to the 12 Marines and one US Navy medic killed in Kabul
It was erected to pay tribute to the 12 Marines and one US Navy medic killed in KabulCredit: AP

No one has been arrested yet, according to local media outlets, and police don’t have a description of the person who is responsible.

Law enforcement credited two people who removed the desecrated flags and reportedly handed them over to a local Boy Scout troop in a candid Facebook post.

It read: “Recently after the deaths of our 13 United States Service Members [who were] killed in Afghanistan, 13 American Flags and 1 Marine Corp flag were placed on the fence to the Ivy Street overpass to the 91 Freeway in Riverside as a memorial.

“Sometime yesterday, an observant citizen noticed the flags appeared to be damaged and it was reported to the police.

“At this point, we don’t have any suspect description but it’s obvious the flags were intentionally damaged.”

FAMILIES SILENCED

The disrespectful damage comes after the mom of a US Marine killed by a suicide bomber in Kabul last week has claimed she was censored on Instagram after she blamed Joe Biden for his death.

Shana Chappell also claimed that the president rolled his eyes when she blamed him for the death of her 20-year-old son, Kareem Nikoui, writing in a post, “You can not silence me.”

The Sun also previously reported that the family of Marine Rylee McCollum, 20, who was killed in the Kabul blast are “disgusted” at the “incompetent” administration and said no US troops needed to die.

McCollum, who was killed in the Kabul terror attack this week, had been in Afghanistan a matter of weeks and was due home in October to be reunited with his wife Jiennah Crayton, known as Gigi.

The slain marine was a newlywed whose wife will give birth to their first child in just weeks and his sister, Roice McCollum, said: “It was avoidable and none of those Marines needed to be put in that situation. It was incompetent.”

The tragedy came after Biden made the difficult decision to pull the 2,500 American troops out of Afghanistan after being there for nearly 20 years in August.

Following his decision, Biden stated that he had a deadline of August 31 but was not aware of how quickly the Taliban would take over, leading to a terror attack in Kabul that killed more American soldiers.

As of August 27, 2021, it has been reported that at least 103 people have been killed after two suicide bombers and gunmen attacked crowds of Afghans flocking to Kabul’s airport.

TROOPS KILLED

Thirteen of the victims have been confirmed as American soldiers, including 12 Marines and one US Navy medic.

Five have been named as Max Soviak, McCollum, Nikoui, David Lee Espinoza, and Jared Schmitz.

Following the horrific event, many Americans have since called for impeachment as some say President Biden now has “blood on his hands.

Anyone with information about the vandalized memorial or the possible suspect(s) has been urged to call Riverside’s Property Crimes Unit 951-353-7955.

Biden has been blasted by the families of the troops slain in Kabul
Biden has been blasted by the families of the troops slain in KabulCredit: AP

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Fionnuala O'Leary

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