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.
I got off 6 shots. ISIS looked like ants on that scope, but…my USMC PMI was exceptional. https://t.co/bx3b6d0kNf
— Jason Buttrill (@JasonButtrill) December 8, 2016
“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.”
“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.”
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, journalists are detained and killed all over the world over false accusations of being combatants. This doesn’t help.”
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