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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

Feb 22 2018

Iraq hands over to Russia 4 women, 27 children linked to Islamic State

ERBIL, Iraq Iraq has handed over to Russia four women and 27 children suspected of having ties to the Islamic State militant group, local television broadcaster Al-Sumaria quoted the foreign ministry as saying on Thursday.

Feb 05 2018

Battle over bodies rages quietly in Iraq's Mosul long after Islamic State defeat

MOSUL, Iraq The Iraqis who have come home to Mosul's Old City knew it would be hard living in the rubble left by the battle against Islamic State, but there is one aspect of their surroundings they are finding unbearable seven months on. | Video

Dec 25 2017

For Iraq's Christians, a bittersweet first Christmas home after Islamic State

TELESKOF, Iraq Inside the newly renovated Church of Saint George in the Northern Iraqi town of Teleskof, Hayat Chamoun Daoud led children dressed as Santa Claus singing "Jingle Bells" in Aramaic. | Video

Dec 22 2017

Yazidi sisters reunited after three years in Islamic State captivity

SHARYA, Iraq When Rosa, now 14, asked her Islamic State captors about her younger sisters Bushra, 12, and Suhayla, seven, she was told they had been killed for misbehaving. | Video

Dec 20 2017

Opposition groups quit Iraqi Kurdish government over protests

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq Opposition groups quit the government of Iraq's Kurdish region on Wednesday in protest at violent unrest in which at least three people were killed, with one group saying authorities had shown a flagrant disregard for life.

Dec 10 2017

Yazidis caught in 'political football' between Baghdad, Iraqi Kurds

SINJAR, Iraq Since Iraqi forces pushed the Kurds out of the Yazidis' mountainous heartland of Sinjar in northern Iraq in October, residents are wondering what could happen to them next.

Nov 21 2017

Iraq relocates hundreds of foreign wives and children of suspected Islamic State militants to Baghdad

ERBIL/BAGHDAD Iraqi authorities have moved hundreds of foreign wives and children of suspected Islamic State militants from a detention center in northern Iraq to Baghdad, citing security concerns and the difficulties of keeping them in a remote location.

Nov 20 2017

Iraqi court rules Kurdish independence vote unconstitutional

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq Iraq's Supreme Federal Court ruled on Monday a Sept. 25 Kurdish independence referendum was unconstitutional and the results void, strengthening Baghdad's hand in a stand-off with the Kurdish region watched closely by neighboring Turkey and Iran.

Nov 15 2017

'New roadblocks' emerge in Iraq after Islamic State defeat: aid expert

ERBIL, Iraq The war against Islamic State in Iraq may soon be over but providing humanitarian aid to Iraqis is becoming more difficult as new political and cultural divides open up, the secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said.

Nov 14 2017

Abadi says Iraq to act soon over border areas in stand-off with Kurds

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, seeking to up the pressure in a stand-off with Iraq's Kurdish region, said on Tuesday he would act soon over border areas under Kurdish control but predicted his government's forces would regain them without violence.

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