Air Force Apologizes for Tweet Linking Deadly Battle to Internet Meme

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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.

Early Thursday morning, the Air Force tweeted, "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". "It was made in poor taste".

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".

You see, some people claim to hear "Laurel" while others claim to hear "Yanny", which has led to some heated debates around water coolers and dinner tables the world over. "It has since been removed", it said.

This week, Afghanistan's national defense and security forces, supported by USA air power and advisors, defeated a major Taliban offensive in Farah, White said.

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It was unclear how close the Taliban came to capturing the city, which would have represented a major blow to the Afghan government.

The US military helped Afghan troops repel a major Taliban attack on the Afghan provincial capital Farah on Tuesday and Wednesday that punctured the security perimeter surrounding the city, US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation officials told CNN.

The U.S. military has provided air support with A-10 attack aircraft and drones.

The Taliban boasted May 15 they had overrun large parts of Farah, which at 50,000 inhabitants is the largest city in the poppy-growing region.