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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.

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Kurds abandon territory in the face of Iraq government advance

BAGHDAD/KIRKUK The Baghdad government recaptured territory from Kurds across the breadth of northern Iraq on Tuesday, making startlingly rapid gains in a sudden campaign that has shifted the balance of power in the country almost overnight.

11:43am BST

Iraqi forces seize more territory in advance against Kurds

BAGHDAD/KIRKUK, Oct 17 The Baghdad government recaptured territory across the breadth of northern Iraq from Kurds on Tuesday, widening a sudden and dramatic campaign that has shifted the balance of power in the country almost overnight.

09 Oct 2017

Iraq's talks with Exxon on southern oilfields in final stages: minister

BAGHDAD Iraq's talks with Exxon Mobil to develop a multi-billion-dollar project to boost output from several southern oilfields are nearing completion, oil minister Jabar al-Luaibi said on Monday.

05 Oct 2017

Special Report - In Mosul's fall, informers played vital role against Islamic State

MOSUL, Iraq One informer said he hid the sim card from his mobile phone in a water filter to avoid detection by Islamic State. Another concealed his in a sack of rice and made calls to his Iraqi handlers from a basement.

04 Oct 2017

Iraq eases financial restrictions on Kurdistan region, in first sign of de-escalation

BAGHDAD Iraq's central bank on Wednesday eased financial restrictions imposed on the Kurdistan region over its independence vote after receiving a pledge of cooperation from Kurdish banks, an Iraqi banking source said.

03 Oct 2017

Iraq steps up retaliation against Kurdish independence vote with dollar ban

BAGHDAD Iraq stopped selling dollars to leading banks in Kurdistan and banned foreign currency transfers to the autonomous region on Tuesday, stepping up its retaliation for the Kurds' independence vote.

03 Oct 2017

Iraq steps up retaliation against Kurdish independence vote with dollar ban

BAGHDAD Iraq stopped selling dollars to leading banks in Kurdistan and banned foreign currency transfers to the autonomous region on Tuesday, stepping up its retaliation for the Kurds' independence vote.

27 Sep 2017

Baghdad piles pressure on Iraqi Kurds to reverse overwhelming independence vote

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq Baghdad heaped pressure on Iraq's Kurds on Wednesday, demanding they cancel their overwhelming vote for independence while parliament urged the Iraqi central government to send troops to take control of vital oil fields held by Kurdish forces. | Video

27 Sep 2017

Iraqi PM calls on Kurds to cancel independence referendum result

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi demanded on Wednesday that Kurdish authorities "cancel" the outcome of the independence referendum in northern Iraq, as a condition for dialogue to resolve an escalating crisis.

27 Sep 2017

Iraqi PM calls on Kurds to cancel independence referendum result

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi demanded on Wednesday that Kurdish authorities "cancel" the outcome of the independence referendum in northern Iraq, as a condition for dialogue to resolve an escalating crisis.

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