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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

Sep 14 2017

Suicide attacks on restaurants, checkpoint, kill 60 in southern Iraq

BAGHDAD Three suicide attacks claimed by Islamic State killed at least 60 people in southern Iraq on Thursday, a health official and police sources said, suggesting a shift in the ultra-hardline group's tactics since it lost control of its stronghold in Mosul.

Sep 12 2017

Barzani vows to press on with Kurdish referendum, defying Iraq parliament

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq Iraq’s Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani vowed on Tuesday to press ahead with a referendum on Kurdish independence on Sept. 25 despite a vote by Iraq's parliament to reject the move.

Sep 12 2017

Exclusive: Shell to withdraw from Iraq's Majnoon oilfield - Iraqi oil officials

BAGHDAD Royal Dutch Shell is seeking to sell Iraq's Majnoon oilfield and the oil ministry has started preparations to finalize its exit, according to an oil ministry letter and oil officials.

Sep 11 2017

Tribal clashes, political void threaten oil installations in Iraq's south

BASRA/BAGHDAD, Iraq Worsening clashes among tribes and a political void is threatening security at oil installations in Iraq's main southern oil producing region, officials and security sources said.

Aug 31 2017

Iraqi prime minister declares victory over IS in Tal Afar

ERBIL, Iraq/BAGHDAD Iraqi Prime Minister Hayder al-Abadi declared victory over Islamic State militants in Tal Afar and the entire province of Nineveh on Thursday, despite continued fighting in the small town of al-'Ayadiya.

Aug 30 2017

Iraqi forces begin house-by-house fight for last IS holdout at Tal Afar

BAGHDAD Hundreds of additional troops were sent into al-'Ayadiya on Wednesday, as Iraqi forces came under increasing pressure to clear Islamic State fighters from their final position in the group's former stronghold of Tal Afar, military officials said.

Aug 30 2017

'Gates of Hell': Iraqi army says fighting near Tal Afar worse than Mosul

(Story corrects third paragraph to show Mosul fell in July, not June, after nine, not eight, months of urban warfare in August 29th instance.)

Aug 28 2017

Iraqi forces face tough resistance from IS in final Tal Afar battle

AL-'AYADIYA/BAGHDAD Iraqi forces said they faced tough resistance on Monday from Islamic State fighters driven out of the city of Tal Afar to a small town where they had "nothing to lose" by fighting to the end.

Aug 22 2017

More talks likely on Kurdish independence vote, negotiator says

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq A delegation representing Iraq's ruling Shi'ite coalition may meet Kurdish politicians again next week to try to convince them to delay or cancel a plan to hold an independence referendum, a negotiator said.

Aug 18 2017

Iraqi forces prepare to retake Tal Afar from Islamic State militants

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq Five weeks after securing victory in Mosul, Iraqi forces have moved into positions around the city of Tal Afar, their next objective in the U.S.-backed campaign to defeat Islamic State militants, Iraqi military commanders say.


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