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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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As Syria war tightens, U.S. and Russia military hotlines humming

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar Even as tensions between the United States and Russia fester, there is one surprising place where their military-to-military contacts are quietly weathering the storm: Syria.

Aug 23 2017

U.S. Navy relieves Seventh Fleet commander in wake of collisions in Asia

WASHINGTON/TOKYO The U.S. Navy on Wednesday said it had removed Seventh Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin after a series of collisions involving its warships in Asia as the search goes on for 10 sailors missing since the latest mishap.

Aug 22 2017

U.S. Navy to relieve Seventh Fleet commander after collisions in Asia

WASHINGTON/TOKYO, Aug 23 The U.S. Navy will relieve Seventh Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin after a series of collisions involving its warships in Asia, a U.S. official told Reuters, as the search goes on for 10 sailors missing since the latest mishap.

Aug 22 2017

Exclusive: Trump's Afghan decision may increase U.S. air power, training

ON BOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT The U.S. Air Force may intensify its strikes in Afghanistan and expand training of the Afghan air force following President Donald Trump's decision to forge ahead with the 16-year-old war, its top general told Reuters on Tuesday.

Aug 20 2017

'Catching' a U-2 fresh back from America's air wars

AL DHAFRA AIR BASE, United Arab Emirates It may not sound possible to "catch" an American spy plane while driving a Dodge Charger. But that's precisely what we did on a sweltering August afternoon at Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates. | Video

Aug 20 2017

Iraq starts offensive to take back Tal Afar from Islamic State

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq Iraqi security forces launched an offensive to take back the city of Tal Afar on Sunday, their next objective in the U.S.-backed campaign to defeat Islamic State militants, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said. | Video

Aug 18 2017

As U.S. debates policy, Afghan pilots fear for families' lives

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan As the Trump administration debates war strategy in Afghanistan, this Afghan pilot in the U.S.-backed Afghan Air Force has more pressing concerns: He's worried the Taliban may kidnap or kill his family.

Aug 17 2017

U.S. soldier killed in Afghan blast, 20 U.S., Afghan troops wounded

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan One U.S. soldier was killed and around 20 U.S. and Afghan troops were wounded during a push against Islamic State fighters in Afghanistan, officials said on Thursday, as Washington wrestled with a months-long debate about the 16-year-old war.

Aug 15 2017

War room 2.0? U.S. Air Force upgrades Middle East command center

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar With its wall-sized screens simultaneously showing America's air wars in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, this war room at the heart of America's biggest military campaigns is already something of a technological marvel.

Aug 06 2017

In Afghan review, Trump's frustration carries echoes of Obama years

WASHINGTON Since taking office, U.S. President Donald Trump has shown an affinity, and perhaps even a deference, to the generals he has surrounded himself with in his Cabinet and at the White House, save one exception: the war in Afghanistan.

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