Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

The Air Force Had To Apologize For an A-10 Tweet

The Air Force Had To Apologize For an A-10 Tweet

The Air Force on Thursday apologized for an earlier tweet using the "Yanny vs. Laurel" meme to tout the USA mission against Taliban forces, saying the post was made in poor taste and is being addressed internally.

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". Around 300 members of the Taliban were killed in the fighting.

The "deafening #BRRT" mentioned in the tweet was an apparent reference to the sound an air cannon aboard the A-10 makes when it strafes ground forces.

By Thursday afternoon, the tweet was replaced with an apology. The internet has been divided over whether the voiceover says the word "Yanny" or "Laurel".

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But the background of the battle in Farah is stark.

The U.S. Air Force deleted the tweet three minutes after Ad Age reached out inquiring why it was sent out. The U.S. military headquarters in Kabul said in a statement Tuesday that Afghan troops are "bringing their full capabilities" to bear on the situation with U.S. backing. Instead, U.S. MQ-9s and Afghan aircraft struck Taliban targets on the ground.

Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White was asked at a press briefing on Thursday whether she thought the tweet's tone was appropriate.

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