Air Force apologizes for tone-deaf 'Yanny-Laurel' tweet

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The Pentagon footage was released Wednesday, as U.S., North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and Afghan government forces were locked in a fierce battle with the Taliban for control of the capital of Farah, which borders Iran.

'The Taliban Forces in Farah city #Afghanistan would much rather have heard #Yanny or #Laurel than the deafening #BRRRT they got courtesy of our #A10, ' the Air Force tweet read, before linking to a story about the Farah offensive.

"We apologize for the earlier post regarding the A-10", the Air Force said in a follow-up Tweet.


The Air Force has deleted a tweet referencing the viral Laurel/Yanny issue in regard to a deadly air strike in Afghanistan, admitting the tweet was in "poor taste".

The initial tweet appeared to be an attempt to garner attention using a hashtag that has generated a large Internet audience in the last few days. A Reddit user recently posted an audio clip with just two syllables online which, put simply, has divided listeners into two camps: those who hear the word "yanny" and those who clearly hear "laurel".

Residents look at an Army vehicle which was damaged during battle between Afghan security forces and Taliban in Farah province, Afghanistan, May 16, 2018.


The "BRRT" in the Air Force Tweet referenced the sound made by the 30mm rotary nose cannon of the A-10, commonly called the "Warthog" and considered the nation's premier close-air support weapon. "Today, in spite of vain Taliban attempts to challenge the Afghan government's control of Farah city, [the city] remains under the control of the Afghan defense and security forces".

While stating that the main target of its recently launched spring offensive in the country are the Americans and their allies, the armed group said security officials often come under fire because they are "protecting the foreign invaders and the corrupt regime which they have installed".

The Taliban has claimed to have taken control of the city, but the US and Afghan governments deny that is true.


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