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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

Oct 17 2017

Afghan schools closing due to violence, undermining gains in educating girls, says rights group

KABUL Spreading violence in Afghanistan is forcing many schools to close, undermining fragile gains in education for young girls in a war-ravaged country where millions of girls have never been to school, said a Human Rights Watch report released on Tuesday.

Oct 12 2017

Afghan civilian casualties from air strikes rise more than 50 percent, says U.N.

KABUL Civilian casualties from Afghan and American air strikes have risen more than 50 percent since last year, the United Nations said on Thursday, as troops increase attacks on militants under a new strategy announced by U.S. President Donald Trump in August.

Oct 11 2017

U.S. bombs dropped in Afghanistan at highest since 2010, under new Trump strategy

KABUL American warplanes in Afghanistan are dropping bombs in numbers not seen since the height of the U.S. troop surge in 2010, after President Donald Trump announced a new strategy in August to ease attack curbs and widen the range of militant targets.

Oct 09 2017

International Red Cross to "drastically" cut Afghan operations after attacks

KABUL The International Committee of the Red Cross will "drastically" cut back its operations in Afghanistan following attacks that have killed seven of its staff this year, the aid group said on Monday. | Video

Oct 08 2017

New U.S. helicopters mark major change for Afghan air force

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan Senior Afghan and American officials welcomed the arrival of new U.S.-made military helicopters on Saturday, beginning a process that will radically transform the young Afghan air force.

Sep 15 2017

Risk of Afghan civilian casualties could damp support for U.S. strikes on militants

KABUL U.S. President Donald Trump's plans to step up air strikes on Islamist militants in Afghanistan risk increasing civilian casualties and stirring resentment, despite an initial welcome by Afghan officials and international allies.

Sep 11 2017

Afghanistan will never again be militant sanctuary: U.S. ambassador

KABUL The U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan said on Monday Washington would never allow militants to use the country as a sanctuary, as American and allied troops in Kabul commemorated the Sept. 11 attacks.

Aug 29 2017

U.S. fighter pilots in Afghanistan prepare for more air strikes

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan For the fighter pilots at the largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan, President Donald Trump's new strategy for the war should mean escalating an already surging air campaign, and possibly including an unrestrained offensive against the Taliban. | Video

Aug 27 2017

New law needed to allow torture victims to sue Afghan government: activists

KABUL Human rights activists are urging Afganistan's President Ashraf Ghani to expand anti-torture laws enacted months ago to allow victims abused by security forces to seek restitution and compensation.

Aug 20 2017

Joint Taliban, Islamic State raid killed disarmed Afghan fighters, civilians: U.N.

KABUL A combined force of Taliban and "self-proclaimed" Islamic State militants killed at least 36 people in what may amount to war crimes during a raid on a northern Afghan town this month, the United Nations said on Sunday.

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