Nothing says "hello" from one fighting force to another like a bunch of crude dick drawings.
On Tuesday, Russian reporter Oleg Blokhin posted a video of himself at an abandoned U.S. military outpost in Manbij, Syria alongside Russian military police, a video that presaged the potential arrival of Wagner Group private security contractors known to operate in the war-torn country.
Army Col. Myles Caggins, the chief spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, confirmed to NBC News that U.S. forces has evacuated from Manbij in line with the "deliberate withdrawal from northeast Syria" that President Donald Trump had ordered days earlier.
But while Blokhin's footage from the camp appears to show a U.S. outpost stripped of any sensitive vehicles or equipment, the Russian journalist did stumble onto a different trove of, uh sensitive documents:
Ah yes, dicks and gay jokes, the tried-and-true mark of elite warfighters since Roman soldiers scrawled dongs into Hadrian's Wall at the empire's northernmost border more than 1,800 years ago.
But while some elements aren't surprising — that Cyrillic translates directly to "faggot," which, well, how very original — some are, most notably the "ur moms favorite jtac" graffiti and this delightful bit of political symbolism.