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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

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17 Oct 2017

A divided Iraq tests U.S. influence as fight against Islamic State wanes

WASHINGTON After years of focusing divided Iraq on a shared fight against the Islamic State group, the United States is now straining to leverage its limited influence to avoid a full-blown conflict between the Iraqi and Kurdish forces it has armed and trained.

14 Oct 2017

Mattis says U.S. working to ensure situation around Kirkuk does not escalate

WASHINGTON U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday that tensions between Kurdish and Iraqi forces in and around Kirkuk had the full attention of the United States, which was working to ensure it does not escalate.

14 Oct 2017

Mattis says U.S. working to ensure situation around Kirkuk does not escalate

WASHINGTON U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday that tensions between Kurdish and Iraqi forces in and around Kirkuk had the full attention of the United States, which was working to ensure it does not escalate.

13 Oct 2017

Freeing of hostages in Pakistan a 'positive sign' - U.S. general

TAMPA, Fla. The freeing of a kidnapped U.S.-Canadian couple and their three children in Pakistan is a positive sign and a recognition of how seriously Islamabad takes the protection of American citizens, a senior U.S. military official said on Thursday.

13 Oct 2017

Freeing of hostages in Pakistan a 'positive sign' - U.S. general

TAMPA, Fla. The freeing of a kidnapped U.S.-Canadian couple and their three children in Pakistan is a positive sign and a recognition of how seriously Islamabad takes the protection of American citizens, a senior U.S. military official said on Thursday.

13 Oct 2017

Freeing of hostages in Pakistan a 'positive sign': U.S. general

TAMPA, Fla. The freeing of a kidnapped U.S.-Canadian couple and their three children in Pakistan is a positive sign and a recognition of how seriously Islamabad takes the protection of American citizens, a senior U.S. military official said on Thursday.

12 Oct 2017

U.S. warship sails near islands Beijing claims in South China Sea: U.S. officials

WASHINGTON A U.S. Navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Tuesday, three U.S. officials told Reuters, prompting anger in Beijing, even as President Donald Trump's administration seeks Chinese cooperation in reining in North Korea's missile and nuclear programs. | Video

12 Oct 2017

Mattis looking to see if changes need to be made after Niger ambush

TAMPA, Fla. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Wednesday that the military was looking into what changes, if any, should be made after an ambush in Niger killed four U.S. soldiers last week.

07 Oct 2017

Pentagon says fourth U.S. soldier killed in Niger ambush

WASHINGTON The U.S. military said on Friday that a fourth soldier was killed during an attack on Wednesday in Niger, raising the death toll from an incident that has thrown a spotlight on the U.S. counterterrorism mission in the West African nation.

07 Oct 2017

Pentagon says fourth U.S. soldier killed in Niger ambush

WASHINGTON The U.S. military said on Friday that a fourth soldier was killed during an attack on Wednesday in Niger, raising the death toll from an incident that has thrown a spotlight on the U.S. counterterrorism mission in the West African nation.

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