The US Air Force has apologized for a now-deleted tweet that referenced a popular viral video to make fun of Taliban combatants killed by the A-10 aircraft in Farah, Afghanistan.
“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 now-deleted tweet.
We apologize for the earlier tweet regarding the A-10. It was made in poor taste and we are addressing it internally. It has since been removed.
— U.S. Air Force (@usairforce) May 17, 2018
The A10 is a ground attack aircraft built around a rotating cannon firing depleted uranium rounds at a high rate.
The Yanny and Laurel video mentioned in the original tweet has being doing the rounds online in recent days. Viewers are divided over whether the video’s voiceover says the word “Yanny” or “Laurel.”
The #BRRRT referenced in the tweet refers to the sound of the A-10 Warthog’s 30mm GAU-8 rotary cannon, which makes a distinctive noise as it rains down almost 4,000 rounds per minute on enemy tanks or infantry.
On Tuesday, Air Force A-10s were used to defend the Afghan government-held city of Farah from a Taliban assault. 28 Taliban fighters were killed, according to the Air Force Times, and the remainder repelled to the rural areas surrounding the city.