Surrender or be shot in the face, senior US soldier tells Daesh

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Updated 11 January 2018
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Surrender or be shot in the face, senior US soldier tells Daesh

WASHINGTON: US troops and their allies will shoot Daesh terrorists in the face, beat them to death with shovels or drop bombs on them if they don’t surrender, the US military’s most senior enlisted member has said.
In an eyebrow-raising set of postings on social media Tuesday, Command Sergeant Major John Troxell warned that Daesh members who refuse to quit will be dispatched with “extreme prejudice,” including via a small shovel known as an entrenching tool.
“If they surrender, we will safeguard them to their detainee facility cell, provide them chow, a cot and due process,” Troxell wrote on Facebook.
“HOWEVER, if they choose not to surrender, then we will kill them with extreme prejudice, whether that be through security force assistance, by dropping bombs on them, shooting them in the face, or beating them to death with our entrenching tools,” he added.
The post featured a photo of a US soldier holding a shovel and, in case anyone was in any doubt about to slay a man with a small spade, Troxell posted a diagram on Facebook on Wednesday explaining exactly how to do so.
Troxell’s chest-thumping remarks quickly attracted a slew of commentary, mostly supportive.
One detractor said on Twitter the message was “bad optics.”
“No, that’s exactly the message that soldier(s) need and love to hear,” another user responded.
Troxell’s blunt language comes amid a toughening of rhetoric against Daesh under President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.
Where then-President Barack Obama said “we will degrade and ultimately destroy” Daesh, Mattis has espoused a campaign of “annihilation.”


Sheriff: 8 people dead after Missouri tourist boat accident

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Sheriff: 8 people dead after Missouri tourist boat accident

BRANSON: An amphibious vehicle capsized on a lake in Missouri with more than 20 people on board, leading to a “mass casualty incident,” the Southern Stone County Fire Protection District said on Thursday.
Several people were taken to hospital following the incident on the “Ride the Ducks” amphibious vehicle on Table Rock Lake, Stone County, near Branson, Missouri, the fire district said in posts on Twitter.
Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said there were fatalities when the boat carrying 31 people, some of them children, capsized and sank, television station KY3 News reported.
Rader said he did not know how many people were killed and divers were on the scene searching for passengers, KY3 News reported.
The Stone County Sheriff’s Office could not immediately confirm the report.
Ride The Ducks, a company in Branson, Missouri, that operates amphibious duck vehicles in the area, did not respond immediately to a request for comment.
Duck amphibious vehicles have been involved in a number fatal accidents around the world in the past two decades, with some sinking or being swamped or others colliding with vehicles.