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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 24 2017

U.S. air strikes kill 17 Islamic State militants in Libya: U.S. military

WASHINGTON Six U.S. air strikes on an Islamic State desert camp in Libya killed 17 militants and destroyed three vehicles, the U.S. military said on Sunday, the first American strikes in Libya since President Donald Trump took office in January.

Sep 23 2017

U.S. bombers fly off North Korea's coast in show of force

WASHINGTON U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers escorted by fighter jets flew in international airspace over waters east of North Korea on Saturday, in a show of force the Pentagon said demonstrated the range of military options available to President Donald Trump.

Sep 21 2017

U.S. government watchdog calls for changes in Afghan training effort

WASHINGTON Even as thousands of additional American troops head to Afghanistan, a U.S. government watchdog is warning that tens of billions of dollars could be wasted unless changes are made in the training of Afghan security forces.

Sep 18 2017

Mattis hints at military options on North Korea but offers no details

WASHINGTON U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis hinted on Monday about the existence of military options on North Korea that might spare Seoul from a brutal counterattack but declined to say what kind of options he was talking about or whether they involved the use of lethal force.

Sep 18 2017

Mattis to review if military accidents linked to budget caps

WASHINGTON U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday that he was working to see if there was a link between a spate of recent military accidents and budget caps, but said he could not draw a direct line at this time.

Aug 31 2017

Mattis signs orders to send additional troops to Afghanistan

WASHINGTON U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday he had signed orders to send additional troops to Afghanistan, the most concrete step yet by President Donald Trump's administration in tackling America's longest war.

Aug 31 2017

U.S. acknowledges more troops in Afghanistan than previously stated

WASHINGTON About 11,000 U.S. troops are serving in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said on Wednesday, thousands more than it has previously stated. | Video

Aug 30 2017

Trump says 'talking not the answer' on North Korea, Mattis disagrees

WASHINGTON/SEOUL President Donald Trump on Wednesday said "talking is not the answer" to the tense standoff with North Korea over its nuclear missile development, but his defence chief swiftly asserted that the United States still has diplomatic options. | Video

Aug 24 2017

Defense Secretary Mattis promises support to Ukraine, says reviewing lethal aid

KIEV U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on a visit to Ukraine on Thursday said Washington would keep up pressure on Russia over what he called its aggressive behavior and signaled his personal support for providing weapons to Kiev. | Video

Aug 22 2017

Troops make progress in Tal Afar battle as U.S. defense secretary visits Iraq

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq Government forces breached the city limits of Tal Afar in northwestern Iraq on Tuesday on the third day of a U.S.-backed offensive to seize it back from Islamic State militants. | Video

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