Reporter Shoots at ISIS

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A Marine veteran, now a journalist, was called back from his assignment in Iraq after tweeting a picture of himself firing a sniper rifle at ISIS fighters.

On Thursday, Blaze reporter Jason Buttrill tweeted a picture of him with a sniper rifle along with the message: “Major bucket list completed. Shoot at #ISIS ? Check!”

Buttrill also tweeted that he fired six shots at the enemy.

The Military Times reported that initially the Blaze was good with Buttrill’s statements but then later retracted them and said his behavior was unacceptable.
In a following statement the The Blaze wrote;
“Jason Buttrill is a valued researcher for Mercury Radio Arts for a television show that airs on TheBlaze network. Given his military and security background, Mr. Buttrill was offered the opportunity for an important research assignment in Iraq. Due to his conduct, Mercury Radio Arts has recalled him back to the US. He has been suspended from further field research assignments.”
Buttrill is a retired intelligence specialist in the Marine Corps where he served from January 1999 to January 2003.
Marine veteran C.J. Chivers of the New York Times criticized Buttrill for becoming a combatant.

“Dude, when you get shot we can’t really go ‘oh boo-hoo for journalism,’ can we?” Chivers tweeted on Friday. “How about knocking off the bulls**t.”

 Another War correspondent,  Michael Yon, who was involved in a firefight in Iraq back in 2005, said, “If he represents himself as a combatant who also dabbles in writing, he is fine, but if he represents himself as a journalist with a sniper rifle shooting at the enemy, he is off the rails.”

Yon mentioned his firefight story in the Military Times piece he wrote;

“I did fire a rifle once in very close combat in Mosul.  Hand-to-hand combat was going on within spitting distance, the commander was hit three times just close to me.  My engagement was defensive.  Nobody else was there to fight, so I tried to save our Soldiers.  I never engaged in mercenary or offensive action.”

Jason Stern, of the Committee to Protect Journalists, tweeted that Buttrill had put journalists in danger by shooting at ISIS fighters.
“Jason, journalists are detained and killed all over the world over false accusations of being combatants. This doesn’t help.”
Buttrill could not be reached for comment on Friday. The Blaze declined to comment when contacted by Military Times.

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