"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. The tweet referred to a deadly Taliban attack on May 15 in Afghanistan that killed many people.
"We apologize for the earlier tweet regarding the A-10".
The tweet said the Taliban in Farah, Afghanistan would have much rather heard "Yanny" or "Laurel" than the "defeating BRRRT" of the A-10 Warthogs sent this week to repel the insurgents.More news: Senate confirms Gina Haspel to lead Central Intelligence Agency , first woman to hold post
The tweet also linked an Air Force Times story about the battle.
In addition to the A-10, she said Afghan A-29 ground attack aircraft and Russian-made Mi-17 helicopters contributed to beating off the attack, which reportedly resulted in heavy losses for the Taliban. The audio "illusion", which first appeared on Reddit, seems to be saying one word - but whether that word is "Yanny" or "Laurel" is the source of furious disagreement.
The U.S. Air Force walked back a tweet Thursday about the viral debate over whether a sound clip sounds like the word "Yanny" or "Laurel".More news: 'No flats policy': Kristen Stewart ditches heels on Cannes Red Carpet
After questions at a Pentagon briefing about whether the tweet was appropriate, the Air Force deleted it and expressed regrets for the poor attempt at humor.
The social media minds behind the U.S. Air Force Twitter account made a decision to employ the hotly-debated two names in a tweet bragging about fighter jets providing air support to repress a Taliban offensive. While some users praised the U.S. Air Force for deleting that tweet, others asked them not to apologise and termed it as "awesome tweet".More news: Trump administration reportedly to cut federal funding to Planned Parenthood