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

17 May, 2018, 23:17 | Author: Wade Massey
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"We apologize for the earlier tweet regarding the A-10". It included a link to an Air Force Times story about the operation.

The overly eager airman who tweeted this morning was referring to the ongoing battle in Farah, where yesterday Afghan security forces backed the #BRRRT of American air raids drove the Taliban out of the center of town one day after it had made its way in. The Taliban has launched several attacks in the city in western Afghanistan in the past few days, prompting the United States to launch airstrikes as Afghan forces fight to hold ground. In a statement, US officials said the A-10s did the job, as the officials said the Taliban's attempted raid was "unsuccessful".

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

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The Air Force tweet quickly generated interest online seemingly because it juxtaposed the seriousness of the offensive with the viral pop culture discussion about whether an audio file on the Internet sounded like the word "Yanny" or "Laurel".

White said she hadn't seen the tweet but would look into it.

The original tweet was removed, and the Air Force said it would address the matter internally.

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