Thursday, 19 July, 2018

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

US Air Force apologizes for 'Yanny or Laurel' Afghan war tweet US Air Force apologizes for 'Yanny or Laurel' Afghan war tweet
Patty Aguilar | 18 May, 2018, 12:42

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

The Air Force apologized Thursday for a tweet from its official account that appeared to make light of a deadly USA military operation in Afghanistan by referencing the viral pop culture debate "Yanny v. Laurel".

The "Yanny or Laurel" reference was to a popular Internet meme in which an audio recording is played.

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".

From the moment it reaches your ears, you become part of one of three tribes: Yanny, Laurel or, perhaps the most infuriating group, "I can hear both!"

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The initial tweet was deleted and replaced with an apology that said the initial post was "made in poor taste".

At a news conference Thursday, Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said that she had not seen the Air Force's tweet, but that it "shouldn't be forgotten in any of this" that Afghans are "dying to secure their own future". But the computerized clip turned into an insensitive humour when the U.S. Air Force joined the pop culture debate.

The message was published at 8:44 a.m.in Washington on the main Air Force account, ostensibly to draw attention to the US military response to an attack on the Afghan city of Farah.

The local residents in Farah said late on Wednesday night that fresh clashes resumed after some Taliban insurgents launched coordinated attacks on Farah prison and other government compounds.

In addition to the A-10, she said Afghan A-29 ground attack aircraft and Russian-made Mi-17 helicopters contributed to beating off the attack, which reportedly resulted in heavy losses for the Taliban.

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