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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

May 19 2017

Roadside bomb kills 11 Afghans headed to wedding, official says

KABUL A suspected roadside bomb killed as many as 11 people from the same family on their way to a wedding in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, an official said.

May 09 2017

Afghan forces try to push back Taliban from Kunduz city

KABUL Afghan security forces are battling Taliban insurgents blocking a main route into the northern city of Kunduz with improvised explosives, officials said on Tuesday, as fears grew local residents could be forced to flee the city.

May 03 2017

Suicide attack on NATO convoy in Kabul kills eight civilians

KABUL Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Wednesday that killed eight civilians in an attack on a convoy of NATO armored personnel vehicles. | Video

Apr 18 2017

Senior Afghan aide says sacking unfair, will further destabilize country

KABUL A prominent Afghan politician said on Tuesday his dismissal by President Ashraf Ghani was unfair and could further destabilize the country, at a time when the coalition government has already been weakened by divisions and uncertainty over U.S. policy.

Apr 15 2017

Former Afghan president calls decision to drop massive U.S. bomb 'treason'

KABUL Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai accused his successor on Saturday of committing treason by allowing the U.S. military to drop the largest conventional bomb ever used in combat during an operation against Islamic State militants in Afghanistan. | Video

Mar 27 2017

Senior Afghan general arrested on corruption charges

KABUL The Afghan government arrested a senior general on corruption charges on Monday, a year after he was deployed to crack down on fraud and other shady dealings in restive Helmand province.

Mar 27 2017

Afghan security ministers survive impeachment vote

KABUL The Afghan defense and interior ministers and the head of the country's intelligence service survived a vote of confidence called on Monday over the failure to tackle mounting insecurity and the Taliban insurgency.

Mar 20 2017

Afghan music contest pits first female finalist against rapper

KABUL An 18-year old female novice singer and a 23-year old barber-turned-rapper are the unlikely finalists of a televised talent contest providing Afghans a welcome distraction from the daily bloodshed in their country.

Mar 10 2017

U.S. program for Afghan translators in jeopardy as visa supply runs low

WASHINGTON The U.S. State Department said on Thursday it will soon run out of visas for interpreters and other Afghans who have worked for the U.S. government during the decade and a half that U.S. forces have been engaged in the country.

Mar 08 2017

'We stayed quiet and prayed': survivor tells of Kabul hospital attack

KABUL Patient Zia Zabuli was lucky to escape Wednesday's attack on a military hospital in central Kabul, which has been claimed by Islamic State.

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