Air Force Apologizes for Tweet Linking Deadly Battle to Internet Meme


Shortly after the briefing, the Air Force tweeted out an apology, saying "it was made in poor taste".

"Twelve more Taliban commanders were injured in this strike".

A U.S. Air Force B-52 flies over Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Jan. 10, 2016.

"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", read the Air Force Tweet.

White said she wasn't aware of the Tweet and went on to describe the battle for Farah, in western Afghanistan near the Iran border, as a major defeat for the Taliban and an indication that the new us strategy for Afghanistan - aimed at forcing the Taliban into a political settlement - is taking root.

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.

In a statement to VOA, a Pentagon spokesperson said the tweets do not represent a new social media strategy.

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Screenshot of the Tweet on "Yanny" or "Laurel" by U.S. Air Force!

Pentagon social media accounts have sometimes been used to send strong, although usually more subtle, messages to US adversaries. Next time get a perspective from the folks who carried out the missions.

U.S. President Donald Trump sometimes uses Twitter to send toughly worded messages or lob insults at his foreign counterparts, such as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un or Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The "BRRT" in the Air Force Tweet referenced the sound made by the 30mm rotary nose cannon of the A-10, commonly called the "Warthog" and considered the nation's premier close-air support weapon.

"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".

Even last week, the Afghan Defense Ministry insisted that 18 important Taliban commanders, including Mawlawi Baryal, a member of the Quetta Shura, were killed in the attack. Nice to take a break from, you know, killing people, ' @MamanUbu wrote.