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".
Shortly after the briefing, the Air Force tweeted out an apology, saying "it was made in poor taste". "It has since been removed". If you want to experiment, the New York Times made a simulator to resolve the Yanny vs Laurel debate, although no one has done the same yet for Green Needle vs Brainstorm.
As battle rages near the important city of Farah in western Afghanistan, the USA military has released footage of drone strikes killing large numbers of Taliban fighters in support of Afghan army efforts to push the Islamist group from the city.
Politicians, corporate brands and even the Department of Defense's official Twitter account have weighed in on the debate centered around a viral audio clip that says either "Yanny" or "Laurel" depending on the listeners interpretation.
Battle has raged around the city since then, with Afghan security forces supported by American air power pushing the Taliban back and killing more than 300 fighters Wednesday, Sputnik reported. "The 207th Corps commander is leading operations on the ground and the city remains in government control".
White said she hadn't seen the tweet but would look into it. White said the attack on Farah was part of the Taliban's annual spring offensive and "so was to be expected".