Yanni and Laurel Halo Weigh In on Ongoing "Yanny or Laurel?" Debate

Frederick Owens
May 18, 2018

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani apologized on Wednesday to the families of civilians, mainly children, killed when the country's air force sprayed an outdoor religious gathering with rockets and machine gun fire last month. Subsequent footage showed more Taliban scrambling, in an unsuccessful attempt to avoid the airstrikes.

A US A-10 aircraft on a mission (stock photo).

The link included in the tweet is a story about Air Force air support efforts to prevent Taliban forces from overtaking Farah city which.is a long way off from the light-hearted debate that ensued over "Laurel or Yanny".

The US Air Force drew flak on Thursday after it published - then deleted - a tweet linking the debate to this week's Taliban assault on Farah city in western Afghanistan, near the border with Iran, in an apparent attempt at humor.

The message was published at 8.44am in Washington on the main Air Force account, ostensibly to draw attention to the U.S. military response to an attack on the Afghan city of Farah. "It has since been removed", it said.

An Air Force official told ABC News that the tweet was written by a public affairs airman.

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As if the internet wasn't already enough of a divisive hellscape, an audio clip emerged online earlier this week, splitting public opinion in a way not seen since the "What colour is this dress?" scandal of 2015.

The U.N. investigators could not confirm if the casualties were all civilians or whether Taliban leaders had been present at the time of the airstrike. The tweet referred to a deadly Taliban attack on May 15 in Afghanistan that killed many people.

"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".

"At the end of the day, you're fighting insurgents, you're killing people who are relatives or friends of the people you're trying to convince to come over to your side", Des Roches said.

As of publication the post is still up on Facebook, where some users are encouraging the Air Force to leave the post up and not apologize.

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