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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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Raqqa families make daring escapes from Islamic State stronghold

RAQQA, Syria As Shawakh al-Omar huddled with 16 relatives in a single room in house in Islamic State's Syrian stronghold Raqqa, a mortar round slammed into the home next door, killing four people and shaking the building.

18 Aug 2017

Exclusive - U.S. forces to stay in Syria for decades, say militia allies

AIN ISSA, Syria Washington's main Syrian ally in the fight against Islamic State says the U.S. military will remain in northern Syria long after the jihadists are defeated, predicting enduring ties with the Kurdish-dominated region. | Video

16 Aug 2017

Arab fighters struggle to assert role in Raqqa assault

RAQQA, Syria The inexperienced fighters in an Arab group battling to take Raqqa back from Islamic State are playing a secondary role to hardened Kurdish militia in the campaign for their home city.

10 Aug 2017

Militants trapped in Raqqa centre but Syrian Kurd commander sees long battle

RAQQA, Syria U.S.-backed forces now have Islamic State fighters surrounded in central Raqqa, a Syrian Kurdish commander said, but he predicted that driving the militants out could take up to four months. | Video

10 Aug 2017

Former Syrian rebels flee, hide from army conscription

BEIRUT After fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for six years, rebel soldier Abu Mohammed laid down his arms as part of a peace deal in his home town of Moadamiya last year.

03 Aug 2017

Syrians evacuate Lebanese border camps for rebel-held territory

BEIRUT Buses carrying Syrian militants and refugees left a Lebanese border area bound for a rebel-held part of Syria on Wednesday, under a deal made after Shi'ite Hezbollah routed Sunni Islamist Nusra Front insurgents in their last foothold at the frontier. | Video

26 Jul 2017

Lebanon's Hezbollah faces tough terrain in border battle

JUROUD ARSAL, Lebanon The barren, rocky hilltops that form Hezbollah's new front line with jihadists at the Syrian-Lebanese border were tough to capture and supply. Hezbollah commander Hajj Abu Ali says the experience could prove useful in future battles.

24 Jul 2017

Hezbollah says battle with Nusra Front almost won at Syria-Lebanon border

BEIRUT Hezbollah said on Monday its battle with Nusra Front jihadists at the Syria-Lebanon border was almost over and urged remaining insurgents in the area to give up, pressing its campaign to take their last foothold at the frontier.

22 Jul 2017

Hezbollah and Syrian army advance in border offensive - reports

BEIRUT Lebanon's Shi'ite militia Hezbollah and the Syrian army advanced against Sunni militants on Saturday, the second day of an assault to drive them from their last foothold along the Syria-Lebanon border, pro-Damascus media reported.

21 Jul 2017

Islamists surround rivals at Syria-Turkey crossing, truce agreed

AMMAN/BEIRUT Syrian jihadist fighters and rival Islamist insurgents agreed a ceasefire on Friday to end days of infighting, a statement said, after al Qaeda-linked militants surrounded the other rebels near a Syria-Turkey border crossing.

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