Published: Fri, May 18, 2018

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

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

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.

"Twelve more Taliban commanders were injured in this strike".

The Taliban, which was removed from power by the US-led forces in 2001, also vowed to further intensify attacks in the country.

"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 now-deleted tweet read.

Originally the government and military had said the Afghan Air Force targeted a Taliban base where senior members of the group were planning attacks.

The U.S. Air Force walked back a tweet Thursday about the viral debate over whether a sound clip sounds like the word "Yanny" or "Laurel".

During Thursday's Pentagon briefing, a reporter asked Chief spokesperson Dana White if it was appropriate for the Air Force to "put out such a lighthearted comment essentially kind of making war a meme in light of heavy causalities that the Afghans took".


An Air Force official told ABC News that the tweet was written by a public affairs airman.

Reaction online was swift, with many users failing to see the joke. Next time get a perspective from the folks who carried out the missions.

On Thursday, the top US commander in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson, released a Ramadan greeting in which he encouraged "all armed Taliban to accept [Ghani's offer]. and join in peace talks, for a better future for their children and the noble people of this great nation".

The Taliban has claimed that it has taken control of the city, but the US and Afghan governments deny that.

"At the end of the day, you're fighting insurgents, you're killing people who are relatives or friends of the people you're trying to convince to come over to your side", Des Roches said.

She said "Our Afghan partner's success in places like Farah are a testament to the tremendous improvements in the Afghan National Army, Afghan Special Security Forces and the Afghan Air Force".

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