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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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Taliban suicide car bomber kills dozens in Afghan capital

KABUL A Taliban suicide attacker detonated a car bomb in the western part of Kabul on Monday, killing up to 35 people and wounding more than 40, government officials said, in one of the worst attacks in the Afghan capital in recent weeks.

11 Jul 2017

Wounded Afghan soldiers set for Invictus Games debut

KABUL In a sprawling military base on the outskirts of the Afghan capital Kabul, Mohammad Esa, who lost both legs to a roadside bomb, is getting ready to compete in the Invictus Games in Canada later this year.

11 May 2017

Afghan forces face challenge of absorbing former insurgents

KABUL Gulbuddin Hekmatyar's Hizb-i-Islami party is preparing to place thousands of fighters in Afghanistan's security forces, in one of the most complex parts of last year's peace deal between the Western-backed government and the former insurgent warlord.

05 May 2017

Afghan former warlord Hekmatyar rallies supporters in Kabul

KABUL Thousands of supporters of Afghan former warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar rallied in Kabul's main football stadium on Friday, making a stark demonstration of force in the city his fighters helped destroy during civil war two decades ago.

04 May 2017

Former warlord Hekmatyar calls for peace with Afghan Taliban

KABUL Former Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar returned to Kabul on Thursday after two decades in hiding, calling for peace with Taliban insurgents and criticising the Western-backed government, which he said was not working.

04 May 2017

Wary mood in Kabul as notorious former warlord set to return

KABUL Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is due to meet the Afghan president this week ahead of a return to politics, a remarkable turnaround for a leader widely reviled for his part in a civil war that killed thousands in the capital Kabul and razed much of the city.

23 Apr 2017

Afghan Taliban's brazen attack eclipses Trump's 'mother of all bombs'

KABUL Eight days after the U.S. military dropped its largest ever conventional bomb on suspected Islamic State fighters in eastern Afghanistan, Taliban militants breached an army base in the north of the country and killed scores of local soldiers.

23 Apr 2017

Mourning declared after scores of troops die in Afghan base attack

MAZAR-I-SHARIF/KABUL, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani declared a national day of mourning after scores of soldiers were killed by Taliban fighters disguised as fellow soldiers, in the deadliest attack of its kind on an Afghan military base. | Video

18 Apr 2017

Senior Afghan aide says sacking unfair, will further destabilise country

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

16 Apr 2017

In Afghanistan, Trump aide promises coordinated response to enemies

KABUL U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser met Afghan officials in Kabul on Sunday and said the new administration was weighing diplomatic, military and economic responses to its Taliban and Islamic State enemies in Afghanistan.

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