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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

20 Jul 2017

After Mosul, Islamic State digs in for guerrilla warfare

MOSUL Islamic State militants began reinventing themselves months before U.S.-backed Iraqi forces ended their three-year reign of terror in Mosul, putting aside the dream of a modern-day caliphate and preparing the ground for a different fight.

17 Jul 2017

Exclusive - Islamic State's Baghdadi almost certainly alive: Kurdish security official

SULAIMANIA, Iraq A top Kurdish counter-terrorism official said on Monday he was 99 percent sure that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was alive and located south of the Syrian city of Raqqa, despite reports that he had been killed. | Video

30 Jun 2017

New conflicts threaten Syria after Islamic State defeat

RAQQA, Syria/WASHINGTON Sheen Ibrahim's track record fighting ultra-hardline militants explains U.S. President Donald Trump's policy of arming Syrian Kurds like her as he seeks to eradicate Islamic State. It also highlights the risks.

30 Jun 2017

Exclusive - Syrian wheat crop to fall far short of government forecast: sources

DJADE AL-MUGHARA, Syria/DUBAI The Syrian government has vastly overestimated the size of the country's wheat crop, officials, traders and farmers told Reuters, indicating that a population that has endured unrelenting war could struggle to feed itself this year.

24 Jun 2017

Amnesty for militants in Syria's Raqqa aims to promote stability

AIN ISSA, Syria A civil council expected to rule Raqqa once Islamic State is dislodged from the Syrian city pardoned 83 of the jihadist group's low-ranking militants on Saturday, a goodwill gesture designed to promote stability.

21 Jun 2017

Syrians fear new Raqqa turmoil once Islamic State is defeated

RAQQA, Syria U.S.-backed forces are closing in on Islamic State in Raqqa, but local Syrians who have escaped the battlefield are worried about what comes after the fight.

21 Jun 2017

Insight: Syrians fear new Raqqa turmoil once Islamic State is defeated

RAQQA, Syria U.S.-backed forces are closing in on Islamic State in Raqqa, but local Syrians who have escaped the battlefield are worried about what comes after the fight.

15 Jun 2017

Spirits high among Kurds in Syria as coalition battles for Raqqa

RAQQA, Syria Kurdish fighter Habun Kamishli proudly recalled the cat and mouse game she played with an Islamic State suicide bomber in the Syrian town of Raqqa, where the militant group is likely to make its last stand.

15 Jun 2017

Syrians say militants shoot escapees, air strikes kill civilians as Raqqa battle intensifies

AIN ISSA, Syria Islamic State militants in Raqqa are passing themselves off as civilians to try to avoid intensifying air strikes and shooting anyone caught trying to escape their Syrian bastion as U.S.-backed coalition forces close in, witnesses said. | Video

14 Jun 2017

From "caliph" to fugitive: IS leader Baghdadi's new life on the run

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is on the brink of losing the two main centres of his 'caliphate' but even though he is on the run, it may take years to capture or kill him, officials and experts said. | Video

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