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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

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From Damascus, Iran vows to confront Israel

BEIRUT Iran's military chief warned Israel against breaching Syrian airspace and territory on a visit to Damascus on Wednesday, raising tensions with Israel as it voices deep concern over Tehran's influence in Syria.

Oct 15 2017

Final assault starts on Syria's Raqqa as some Islamic State fighters quit

AIN ISSA, Syria/BEIRUT U.S.-backed militias launched their "final" assault on Syria's Raqqa on Sunday after letting a convoy of Islamic State fighters and their families quit the city, leaving only a hardcore of jihadists to mount a last stand. | Video

Sep 27 2017

Iraq Kurdish vote may benefit Syrian Kurds, say their leaders

BEIRUT The Iraqi Kurdish vote for independence could bolster Syria's own Kurds if it pushes the Syrian government to negotiate over autonomy, Syrian Kurdish leaders said on Wednesday.

Sep 27 2017

Iraq Kurdish vote may benefit Syrian Kurds, say their leaders

BEIRUT The Iraqi Kurdish vote for independence could bolster Syria's own Kurds if it pushes the Syrian government to negotiate over autonomy, Syrian Kurdish leaders said on Wednesday.

Sep 27 2017

Iraq Kurdish vote may benefit Syrian Kurds, say their leaders

BEIRUT The Iraqi Kurdish vote for independence could bolster Syria's own Kurds if it pushes the Syrian government to negotiate over autonomy, Syrian Kurdish leaders said on Wednesday.

Sep 16 2017

Jets strike U.S.-backed forces in eastern Syria

BEIRUT U.S.-backed militias in Syria said they came under attack on Saturday from Russian jets and Syrian government forces in Deir al-Zor province, a flashpoint in an increasingly complex battlefield.

Sep 16 2017

Iraqi forces capture area on Syria border from Islamic State: military

BAGHDAD/BEIRUT Iraqi armed forces on Saturday dislodged Islamic State from a natural gas-rich border area with Syria, according to the military.

Sep 12 2017

Iran strikes deal with Syria to repair power grid

LONDON/BEIRUT Iran signed deals with Damascus on Tuesday to repair Syria's power grid, state media said, a potentially lucrative move for Tehran that points to a deepening economic role after years of fighting in the Syrian conflict.

Sep 05 2017

Syrian army, allies break Islamic State siege in eastern city

BEIRUT Syrian government forces on Tuesday reached troops besieged for years by Islamic State in the eastern city of Deir al-Zor, the militants' last major stronghold in Syria, the army said.

Sep 04 2017

Syrian army, allies thrust east to break siege in Deir al-Zor city

BEIRUT With a sudden lunge through jihadist lines, the Syrian army and its allies on Monday came to within 3 km of relieving the Euphrates city of Deir al-Zor, where Islamic State has besieged 93,000 civilians and an army garrison for years. | Video

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