Pentagon Is Backing Up Officials Strong Statement To Soldiers

Sgt. Maj. John Wayne Troxell

A senior enlisted member of the Pentagon has a message for ISIS: “Surrender or die!” Army Command Sgt. Maj. John Wayne Troxell gave this blunt warning to the shrinking band of militant ISIS fighters, they could either surrender to the U.S. military or face death.

“ISIS needs to understand that the Joint Force is on orders to annihilate them,” Troxell wrote in a message on Facebook. “So they have two options, should they decide to come up against the United States, our allies and partners: surrender or die!”

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Troxell made clear the options ISIS has, if they give themselves up, the U.S. led military coalition would provide them safety in the form of a detainee cell, food, and due process. But if they choose not to surrender, then the coalition will kill them with extreme prejudice…by dropping bombs on them, shooting them the face, or beating them to death with our entrenching tools.”

Troxell continued, “Regardless, they cannot win, so they need to choose what it’s going to be.”

The post was shared Tuesday evening and it came with a photo of an entrenchment tool which is a collapsible shovel. It ended with the hashtag #ISIS_SurrenderOrDie.

This Facebook post isn’t the first time Troxell has given a warning to ISIS about the military’s intentions. During a stop in Afghanistan last month, he gave a speech in which he said ISIS will be “annihilated, period!”

In a video recorded by a Stars and Stripes reporter, Troxell declared, “That may be through advising, assisting and enabling the host-nation partners. It may be by dropping bombs on them. It may be by shooting them in the face. And it even might be beating them to death with your entrenching tool, but we are going to beat this enemy!”

Air Force Col. Patrick Ryder, a spokesman the Joint Staff, said that Troxell’s comments emphasized the U.S.-led coalition’s resolve to defeat ISIS.

“His intent was to communicate the tenacity of the warrior ethos that, even when faced with the brutal and unforgiving nature of combat, will use every resource available to fight and win,” Ryder said of Troxell.

Do you think they got the message?

Credit: Fox News