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Thousands of people have been debating which is the correct word. "It has since been removed", the followup tweet said.

The military branch's official account had initially joked that Taliban fighters wished they had heard either word instead of the Air Force's A-10 jet aircraft.

The original Tweet said, "The Taliban Forces in Farah city #Afghanistan would much rather have heard #Yanny or #Laurel than the deafening #BRRT they got courtesy of our #A10".

"BRRRT", for the uninitiated, is a vivid example of onomatopoeia representing the sound of the planes' guns, which were used this week in an attack against Taliban forces in the Afghan province of Farah.

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.

'I have a suggestion. Publishing the thoughts of some sadistic jerk-off who is excited by military hardware is not a good look, ' Twitter user @radical6216 wrote.

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'We apologize for the earlier tweet regarding the A-10.

The Air Force has deleted a tweet referencing the viral Laurel/Yanny issue in regard to a deadly air strike in Afghanistan, admitting the tweet was in "poor taste".

The "BRRT" in the Air Force Tweet referenced the sound made by the 30mm rotary nose cannon of the A-10, commonly called the "Warthog" and considered the nation's premier close-air support weapon. It has since been removed, ' the Air Force said.

USA and Afghan aircraft this week bombed Taliban positions in Farah after the insurgents launched a major attempt to capture the provincial capital, with fearful residents seeking shelter from explosions and gunfire.

The Air Force tweet brought brief attention in the United States to the almost 17-year-old war in Afghanistan which despite costing more than $1 trillion still has no end in sight. "Nine civilians were killed and 55 more were injured in the attack" said a statement by the ministry on May 8.

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".

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