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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

9:34am EDT

Shock and anger in Mosul after Islamic State destroys historic mosque

MOSUL/BAGHDAD, Iraq The leaning al-Habda minaret that has towered over Mosul for 850 years lay in ruins on Thursday, demolished by retreating Islamic State militants, but Iraq's prime minister said the act marked their final defeat in the country's second city.

5:24am EDT

Factbox: Mosul's leaning minaret destroyed as Islamic State retreats

BAGHDAD Here are key facts about Mosul's Grand al-Nuri Mosque and famous leaning minaret, blown up on Wednesday as Iraqi forces advanced on Islamic State's last stronghold. It was from this mosque that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced the creation of his "caliphate" on July 4, 2014.

3:39am EDT

Factbox: Mosul's leaning minaret destroyed as Islamic State retreats

BAGHDAD Here are key facts about Mosul's Grand al-Nuri Mosque and famous leaning minaret, blown up on Wednesday as Iraqi forces advanced on Islamic State's last stronghold. It was from this mosque that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced the creation of his "caliphate" on July 4, 2014.

3:39am EDT

Mosul's leaning minaret destroyed as Islamic State retreats

BAGHDAD Here are key facts about Mosul's Grand al-Nuri Mosque and famous leaning minaret, blown up on Wednesday as Iraqi forces advanced on Islamic State's last stronghold. It was from this mosque that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced the creation of his "caliphate" on July 4, 2014.[nL8N1JI5TO]

Jun 21 2017

More than 5 million children need urgent humanitarian aid in Iraq: UNICEF

BAGHDAD More than 5 million children are in urgent need of aid in Iraq, the United Nations said on Thursday, describing the war on Islamic State as "one of the most brutal" in modern history.

Jun 19 2017

Mosul Old City battle goes house to house as Islamic State fighters defend

MOSUL/BAGHDAD, Iraq Islamic State fighters defended their remaining stronghold in the Old City of Mosul on Monday, moving stealthily along narrow back alleys as U.S.-backed Iraqi forces slowly advanced.

Jun 17 2017

Russia's military says it may have killed IS leader; West, Iraq skeptical

MOSCOW/BAGHDAD Moscow said on Friday its forces may have killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in an air strike in Syria last month, but Washington said it could not corroborate the death and Western and Iraqi officials were skeptical.

Jun 15 2017

Mosul Old City residents spend hungry and fearful Ramadan under IS rule

BAGHDAD For Salam, a resident in the Islamic State-held Old City of Mosul, the holy fasting month of Ramadan this year is the worst he's seen in a lifetime marked by wars and deprivations.

Jun 07 2017

U.S. envoy urges Russia to help avoid tension with Iran

BAGHDAD The United States counts on its regular communications with Russia to help avoid a conflict with Iranian-backed forces threatening U.S. and U.S.-backed forces in southern Syria, a U.S. envoy in Baghdad said on Wednesday.

Jun 01 2017

Dozens of fleeing civilians killed, wounded by Islamic State mortar fire in Mosul

BAGHDAD At least seven civilians were killed and 23 wounded by Islamic State mortar shells as they tried to flee Mosul's militant-controlled Zanjili district on Thursday, Iraqi police said.

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