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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.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

06 Jun 2018

Exclusive: In Syria, a Russian move causes friction with Iran-backed forces - officials

BEIRUT A Russian troop deployment in Syria near the Lebanese border this week caused friction with Iran-backed forces including Hezbollah which objected to the uncoordinated move, two non-Syrian officials in the regional alliance backing Damascus said.

29 May 2018

Syrian army ready for southern battle, pro-Assad commander says

BEIRUT The Syrian army has completed preparations for an imminent offensive against rebel-held areas in southwestern Syria, a non-Syrian commander in a military alliance that backs Damascus said on Tuesday, raising the prospect of a major new escalation.

24 May 2018

Hezbollah eyes bigger role in next Lebanon government

BEIRUT The Iran-backed Hezbollah aims to move beyond its traditional backseat role by assuming more influence in Lebanon's next government to help it counter an escalating U.S. campaign against Tehran and its regional ascendancy.

18 May 2018

Boosted by Lebanon vote, Geagea eyes Hezbollah and reform

BEIRUT A Christian party that made big gains in Lebanon's general election says it will use its stronger position to press for Hezbollah's weapons to be brought under government control and to root out corruption in the heavily indebted state.

08 May 2018

Hezbollah allies gain in Lebanon vote, underscoring Iran sway

BEIRUT Hezbollah and its political allies made significant gains in Lebanon's parliamentary election, official results showed, boosting an Iranian-backed movement fiercely opposed to Israel and underlining Tehran's growing regional clout. | Video

07 May 2018

Hisbollah-Lager bei Parlamentswahl im Libanon vorn

Beirut Bei der ersten Parlamentswahl in Libanon seit neun Jahren zeichnet sich ersten Ergebnissen zufolge eine Mehrheit für die radikal-islamische Hisbollah-Miliz und ihre Verbündeten ab.

04 May 2018

Hezbollah, allies eye gains in Lebanon vote

BEIRUT The Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah and its allies expect to emerge stronger from a parliamentary election on Sunday, a result that would affirm Iran's regional ascendancy from Tehran to Beirut.

01 May 2018

An Assad ally plots a comeback in Lebanese election

NABI AYLA, Lebanon A friend of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad who was once one of Lebanon's most powerful men is trying to make a comeback, with the backing of the Iran-backed Hezbollah movement.

30 Apr 2018

'I lived alongside death and didn't die': a Syrian frontline breathes again

JOBAR, SYRIA Muhammad al-Masri spent the Syrian war in a house the 75-year-old described as being on the frontline with death. | Video

17 Apr 2018

U.S. suggests Russia, Syria may tamper with Douma evidence, Moscow denies it

DAMASCUS/THE HAGUE The United States accused Russia on Monday of blocking international inspectors from reaching the site of a suspected poison gas attack in Syria and said Russians or Syrians may have tampered with evidence on the ground. | Video


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