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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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U.S. defense secretary says Syria appears to have heeded U.S. warning on chemical attack

BRUSSELS Syria appears to have heeded a U.S. warning against staging any new chemical weapons attack as no such action has been launched, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Wednesday.

7:17pm IST

U.S. defense secretary says Syria appears to have heeded U.S. warning on chemical attack

BRUSSELS Syria appears to have heeded a U.S. warning against staging any new chemical weapons attack as no such action has been launched, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Wednesday.

27 Jun 2017

U.S. eyes arms for YPG fighters in Syria even after Raqqa's fall

MUNICH U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Tuesday left open the possibility of longer-term assistance to Kurdish YPG militia in Syria, saying the U.S. may need to supply them weapons and equipment even after the capture of Raqqa from Islamic State.

24 Jun 2017

Pentagon weighs possible delay in new transgender recruits

WASHINGTON The Pentagon said on Friday it was reviewing recommendations from the U.S. military chiefs that included calls for more time to implement plans to allow new transgender recruits to join the U.S. armed forces.

23 Jun 2017

North Korea tests rocket engine, possibly for ICBM - U.S. officials

WASHINGTON North Korea has carried out another test of a rocket engine that the United States believes could be part of its program to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile, a U.S. official told Reuters on Thursday.

21 Jun 2017

U.S. shoots down drone close to Iraqi-Syrian border - statement

AMMAN/WASHINGTON The U.S. military said it had shot down an armed, Iranian-made drone that had been bearing down on its forces near a garrison in Syria's southeast on Tuesday, in the latest sign of increasingly frequent confrontation with Damascus and its allies.

21 Jun 2017

Exclusive: Trump administration eyes hardening line towards Pakistan

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump's administration is exploring hardening its approach towards Pakistan to crack down on Pakistan-based militants launching attacks in neighbouring Afghanistan, two U.S. officials tell Reuters. | Video

20 Jun 2017

By keeping U.S. focus on Islamic State, Trump risks wider Syria war

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump has ordered stepped-up military operations against Islamic State and delegated more authority to his generals, but without a comprehensive Syria strategy, his approach risks further confrontation with Syria, Iran and even Russia, according to U.S. officials and analysts.

20 Jun 2017

White House says it retains right to self-defence in Syria; Moscow warns Washington

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW The White House said on Monday that coalition forces fighting Islamic State militants in Syria retained the right to self-defence as Russia warned it viewed any planes flying in its area of operations as potential targets.

14 Jun 2017

U.S. weighs restricting Chinese investment in artificial intelligence

WASHINGTON The United States appears poised to heighten scrutiny of Chinese investment in Silicon Valley to better shield sensitive technologies seen as vital to U.S. national security, current and former U.S. officials tell Reuters. | Video

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