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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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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.

02 Oct 2017

Iran sends tanks to border with Iraq's Kurdish region, Kurdish official says

ERBIL, Iraq Iran deployed a dozen tanks supported by artillery at its border with Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region on Monday, a Kurdish official said, adding that the move was a dangerous escalation in the crisis triggered by Iraqi Kurdistan's independence vote.

29 Sep 2017

International air ban over Iraqi Kurdistan comes into effect

ERBIL, Iraq An ban on international flights to Iraqi Kurdistan, imposed by Iraq's central government in retaliation for the region's vote for independence, went into effect at 6:00 pm (1500 GMT) on Friday, Iraqi state TV said.

29 Sep 2017

International air ban over Iraqi Kurdistan comes into effect

ERBIL, Iraq An ban on international flights to Iraqi Kurdistan, imposed by Iraq's central government in retaliation for the region's vote for independence, went into effect at 6:00 pm (1500 GMT) on Friday, Iraqi state TV said.

29 Sep 2017

International air ban over Iraqi Kurdistan comes into effect

ERBIL, Iraq An ban on international flights to Iraqi Kurdistan, imposed by Iraq's central government in retaliation for the region's vote for independence, went into effect at 6:00 pm (1500 GMT) on Friday, Iraqi state TV said.

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

Kurdistan rejects Iraq's demand to hand over airports, Baghdad readies air ban

ERBIL, Iraq The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) on Wednesday rejected an Iraqi central government ultimatum to hand control of its international airports to Baghdad after Kurds voted to create an independent state in a disputed referendum.

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.

27 Sep 2017

Kurdistan rejects Iraq's demand to hand over airports, Baghdad readies air ban

ERBIL, Iraq The Kurdistan Regional Government on Wednesday rejected an Iraqi government ultimatum to hand control of its international airports to Baghdad.

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