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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

15 Sep 2017

Afghan cricket fans defy bombers as T20 league takes off

KABUL A suicide attack outside Kabul's main cricket stadium this week may have underlined the daily security risks facing Afghanistan but the country's premier T20 tournament is carrying on and the enthusiasm of spectators appears undiminished.

06 Sep 2017

U.S. forces apologise for 'highly offensive' Afghan propaganda leaflet

KABUL A senior U.S. commander in Afghanistan apologised on Wednesday for a "highly offensive" leaflet which contained a passage from the Koran used in the Taliban militants' banner superimposed on to the image of a dog.

05 Sep 2017

Disabled in war, Afghan soldiers seek a living on the streets

JALALABAD, Afghanistan Afghan soldier Mehrullah Safi's military career ended in southern Helmand province last year when a rocket-propelled grenade exploded next to him, severing his right leg. Now he sells mobile telephone cards in the street.

21 Aug 2017

The victor, the spoils? Trump eyes Afghanistan's elusive mineral riches

KABUL U.S. President Donald Trump is eyeing Afghanistan's mineral wealth to help pay for a 16-year war and reconstruction efforts that have already cost $117 billion. Investors who have studied the country, one of the world's most dangerous, say that is a pipe dream.

21 Aug 2017

The victor, the spoils? Trump eyes Afghanistan's elusive mineral riches

KABUL U.S. President Donald Trump is eyeing Afghanistan's mineral wealth to help pay for a 16-year war and reconstruction efforts that have already cost $117 billion (90.89 billion pounds). Investors who have studied the country, one of the world's most dangerous, say that is a pipe dream.

07 Aug 2017

Kabul "Green Zone" tightened after attacks in Afghan capital

KABUL Afghan authorities are tightening security in the central area of Kabul housing foreign embassies and government offices after a string of suicide attacks that have caused hundreds of casualties and hit confidence in the Western-backed government. | Video

25 Jul 2017

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. | Video

25 Jul 2017

As U.S. weighs Afghan strategy, hopes set on fledgling Air Force

(In July 23 story, corrects reference to A-29 Super Tucano in para 7. The aircraft are built in the U.S. under an agreement between their Brazilian manufacturer, Embraer and Sierra Nevada Corp)

18 Jul 2017

As Washington ponders Afghan mission, Marines toil in Helmand

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan While Washington works on plans to send more troops to Afghanistan, U.S. forces on the ground are grappling with building an army in the middle of a war their commanders say is locked in stalemate.

05 Jun 2017

Weary Afghan army fights on as U.S. weighs troop increase

CHAPARHAR, Afghanistan From his sandbagged command post outside the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, Brigadier General Mohammad Nasim Sangin says he needs more troops and equipment to beat the Taliban and hold on to ground his soldiers take.

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