This week, Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, backed by U.S. Air Force A-10 aircraft, conducted an offensive against the Taliban in the government-controlled city of Farah in western Afghanistan.
The US Air Force issued an apology Thursday for a tweet that linked a bloody Taliban attack in Afghanistan that has killed dozens of people with a viral Internet meme that has mushroomed in the last few days under the hashtag #YannyLaurel. As people continue to argue over whether the clip says "Yanny" or "Laurel", a couple of celebs who share those names have weighed in on the great debate.
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 has since been removed", the followup tweet said.
"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.
Screenshot of the Tweet on "Yanny" or "Laurel" by U.S. Air Force!
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"It isn't unusual for militaries around the world to speak publicly or show footage of their combat successes ... but it's inappropriate to joke or be cute in tweets or other social media channels", said former Pentagon press secretary George Little. See what side they landed on down below.
But the background of the battle in Farah is much starker. Next time get a perspective from the folks who carried out the missions.
A U.S. Air Force B-52 flies over Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Jan. 10, 2016.
"As Secretary Mattis has said, we stand by the Afghan people, we stand by the Afghan government and the - and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mission in Afghanistan will continue as we drive the Taliban to a political settlement".
The initial tweet was deleted and replaced with an apology that said the initial post was "made in poor taste".