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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 25 2017

Lebanon still plans tax increases to fund public sector pay rise: senior official

BEIRUT Lebanon still aims to increase taxes to finance a public sector pay rise, a senior official said on Monday, after the plan was thrown into doubt last week when the constitutional council annulled the new tax law.

Sep 06 2017

Syrian army fights to secure corridor into Deir al-Zor

BEIRUT The Syrian army and its allies are fighting to secure a corridor to troops in Deir al-Zor, a day after they smashed through Islamic State lines to break the jihadist siege. | Video

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

Aug 01 2017

Hezbollah, Nusra Front prisoner swap means large refugee transfer can start

BEIRUT Three recently captured fighters from Lebanon's Hezbollah group were released by Syrian Nusra Front militants early on Wednesday in exchange for three individuals held by Lebanon, Major General Abbas Ibrahim, head of Lebanon's General Security, told Reuters.

Aug 01 2017

Hezbollah, Nusra Front prisoner swap means large refugee transfer can start

BEIRUT Three recently captured fighters from Lebanon's Hezbollah group were released by Syrian Nusra Front militants early on Wednesday in exchange for three individuals held by Lebanon, Major General Abbas Ibrahim, head of Lebanon's General Security, told Reuters.

Jul 21 2017

Hezbollah, Syria army launch offensive at Syrian-Lebanese border

BEIRUT Lebanon's Hezbollah and the Syrian army launched an offensive on Friday to drive Islamist insurgents from their last foothold on the Syrian-Lebanese border, a pro-Damascus military commander said.

May 11 2017

Hezbollah says future war would be on Israeli territory

BEIRUT Lebanese Hezbollah said on Thursday that any future conflict between the Shi'ite group and Israel could take place inside Israeli territory, as tensions rise between the arch foes.

May 11 2017

Lebanon pushed to brink in election law stand-off

BEIRUT Lebanon is on the brink of crisis again with its politicians at odds over an election law at the heart of the nation's sectarian system, threatening to leave the country without a parliament for the first time.

May 02 2017

Israeli strikes raise stakes in face-off with Hezbollah

JERUSALEM/BEIRUT Two Israeli air strikes against Hezbollah targets in Syria in recent weeks seem to mark a more openly assertive stance toward the group after years of shadow boxing, requiring careful calibration to avoid escalation into a war that neither wants.

Apr 14 2017

Syrian rebels, Shi'ite villagers evacuated from towns under swap deal

BEIRUT Buses evacuated thousands of people from two rebel-besieged Shi'ite villages in northwest Syria on Friday and hundreds of rebels left a town near Damascus with their families, under a deal between the government and insurgents. | Video

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