US Air Force apologizes for 'Yanny or Laurel' Afghan war tweet

Lifestyle       by Komal Zaheer | Published

Lifestyle by Komal Zaheer | Published

"The Taliban Forces in Farah city #Afghanistan would much rather have heard #Yanny or #Laurel than the defeaning #BRRRT they got courtesy of our #A10", the Air Force tweeted, deploying a number of hashtags to engage in the conversation about the popular audio clip.

A US Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft.

White said she wasn't aware of the Tweet and went on to describe the battle for Farah, in western Afghanistan near the Iran border, as a major defeat for the Taliban and an indication that the new US strategy for Afghanistan - aimed at forcing the Taliban into a political settlement - is taking root. The audio "illusion", which first appeared on Reddit, seems to be saying one word - but whether that word is "Yanny" or "Laurel" is the source of furious disagreement.

The US Air Force has apologised and withdrawn a tweet that made light of killing Taliban militants in Afghanistan by invoking the viral "Laurel or Yanny" internet debate.

As of publication the post is still up on Facebook, where some users are encouraging the Air Force to leave the post up and not apologize.

Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White on Thursday told reporters she hadn't seen the tweet but said it shouldn't be forgotten that Afghans are "dying to secure their own future." .

Is there something wrong with me if I only hear Yanny and not Laurel?

On May 17 at around 10:58 pm, the twitter handle of the air force tweeted to apologise on the poor comment and informed netizens that the earlier tweet has been removed by them. "It was made in poor taste and we are addressing it internally".

The battle in Farah has been intense as the Taliban has launched a series of attacks to take the city.

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