Josh Smith

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.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

15 Sep 2017

Risk of Afghan civilian casualties could damp support for U.S. strikes on militants

KABUL U.S. President Donald Trump's plans to step up air strikes on Islamist militants in Afghanistan risk increasing civilian casualties and stirring resentment, despite an initial welcome by Afghan officials and international allies.

11 Sep 2017

Afghanistan will never again be militant sanctuary: U.S. ambassador

KABUL The U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan said on Monday Washington would never allow militants to use the country as a sanctuary, as American and allied troops in Kabul commemorated the Sept. 11 attacks.

27 Aug 2017

New law needed to allow torture victims to sue Afghan government: activists

KABUL Human rights activists are urging Afganistan's President Ashraf Ghani to expand anti-torture laws enacted months ago to allow victims abused by security forces to seek restitution and compensation.

25 Aug 2017

U.S. fighter pilots in Afghanistan prepare for more air strikes

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan For the fighter pilots at the largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan, President Donald Trump's new strategy for the war should mean escalating an already surging air campaign, and possibly including an unrestrained offensive against the Taliban.

20 Aug 2017

Joint Taliban, Islamic State raid killed disarmed Afghan fighters, civilians: U.N.

KABUL A combined force of Taliban and "self-proclaimed" Islamic State militants killed at least 36 people in what may amount to war crimes during a raid on a northern Afghan town this month, the United Nations said on Sunday.

18 Aug 2017

'Guardian angel' need for advisers in Afghanistan drives call for more troops

KABUL Navigating a chaotic maze of cars and people, the convoy of British army armoured vehicles weaves slowly through Kabul. The job of about a dozen soldiers is to protect just two international advisers on their way to meet Afghan soldiers.

16 Aug 2017

Afghan Taliban warns Trump against sending in more troops

KABUL The Taliban told U.S. President Donald Trump in an open letter on Tuesday that the military situation in Afghanistan was "far worse than you realise", and sending in more troops would be self-destructive. | Video

15 Aug 2017

Three aid workers killed in Afghanistan: officials

KABUL Three Afghan aid workers employed by Catholic Relief Services were gunned down and killed in central Afghanistan, officials said on Tuesday.

13 Aug 2017

Senior Islamic State commanders killed in Afghanistan air strike: U.S. military

KABUL Several senior members of Islamic State's central Asian affiliate were killed in a U.S. air strike in Afghanistan, officials said on Sunday.

22 Jul 2017

MSF reopens first Kunduz clinic since deadly hospital air strike in 2015

KABUL Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) reopened a small medical clinic in Kunduz, Afghanistan, on Saturday, their first facility there since the American airstrikes that destroyed a hospital in 2015.


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