This mis-Tweet from the official account of International Security Assistance Force Joint Command in Afghanistan wasn't deleted fast enough and is getting passed around the Internet.
The @IJC_Press operator apparently thought he or she was Tweeting from a personal account when dropping a comment about "this forsaken country."
See for yourself:
We reached out Col. Christopher Garver, the public affairs officer at IJC, who said this:
A personal Tweet was inadvertently posted to the ISAF Joint Command Twitter account @IJC_Press last night. The mistake was immediately deleted from the @IJC_Press account and corrective procedures have been implemented to prevent such an incident from occurring in the future. The Tweet was not representative of the views and values of ISAF Joint Command or its personnel who are working tirelessly on a daily basis to help the people of Afghanistan.
This Twitter screwup could have serious consequences.
"Forsaken" means "abandoned or deserted," which is not how NATO wants to describe its ongoing, albeit reduced, mission in Afghanistan nor the country where it is trying to win goodwill.
Already ISAF has been fighting a Twitter battle with the Taliban, as described by Washington Post in 2011: "... in Twitter, [coalition forces] had a tool at hand that could shape the narrative much more quickly than news releases or responses to individual queries."
Look for the Taliban to seize on the fact that NATO just called Afghanistan "forsaken."
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