Air Force apologizes for tone-deaf 'Yanny-Laurel' tweet

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"[The] difference between evildoers and a legitimate government is that a legitimate government apologises for the mistakes made", he said, according to the statement issued by the presidential palace; the president also tweeted the same.

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

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

"This week, the Afghan national defense and security forces, supported by USA air power and advisers, defeated a major Taliban offensive in Farah City in western Afghanistan".

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"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", the tweet said, using another popular hashtag in the military to describe the noise the A-10 cannon makes.

The offending tweet, which has since been removed.

Some former US military officials viewed the tweets as a departure from the more measured online messaging typical of the USA military.

Laurel Halo, meanwhile, got defensive against those who weren't teaming on the side of her namesake.

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Pentagon social media accounts have sometimes been used to send strong, although usually more subtle, messages to USA adversaries.

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".

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.

Abdul Basir Salangi, governor of Farah province, said at least 25 Afghan troops and five civilians were killed in the attack by the Taliban, which reached the city's center, The New York Times reported.

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"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.

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