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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

05 Jul 2018

U.S. senator warns against further Turkish incursions in Syria

BAGHDAD Turkey could find itself in a quagmire if it deepens its involvement in Syria's multi-sided civil war, a U.S. senator said on Wednesday after meeting President Tayyip Erdogan this week.

29 Jun 2018

Iraq executes 12 after PM calls for speedy executions

BAGHDAD Iraq put to death 12 people convicted of terrorism hours after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called for speedy executions in response to the kidnapping and killing of eight members of the security forces, the government said on Friday.

27 Jun 2018

Iraq finds bodies of security men kidnapped by Islamic State

BAQUBA, Iraq Iraqi security forces have found the bodies of eight men, two days after a deadline set by their Islamic State kidnappers expired, a local commander told Reuters on Wednesday.

24 Jun 2018

Iraq plans manual election recount only for suspect ballots

BAGHDAD Iraq will conduct a manual recount of votes from a May election only for ballots mentioned in official reports on fraud or in formal complaints, a move likely to speed up the ratification of final results and the formation of a new government.

23 Jun 2018

PM Abadi, Sadr alliance brings Iraq government closer

NAJAF, Iraq Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said on Saturday their political blocs would enter into an alliance, bringing Iraq one step closer to forming a new government after an election marred by low turnout and fraud allegations.

21 Jun 2018

Iraq's top court upholds election recount, reverses vote cancellations

BAGHDAD Iraq's top court upheld on Thursday a law mandating a nationwide recount of votes in a May parliamentary election but ruled that the cancellation of overseas, displaced, and Peshmerga ballots was unconstitutional.

13 Jun 2018

Sadr-Amiri alliance lowers Iraq's political temperature

BAGHDAD Cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and Iranian-backed militia chief Hadi al-Amiri's decision to choose compromise over confrontation and strike an alliance, aiming to form the next Iraqi government, has eased tensions after elections marred by fraud allegations.

12 Jun 2018

Iraq's Sadr and Amiri announce political alliance

BAGHDAD Nationalist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and Iranian-backed militia chief Hadi al-Amiri, who won first and second place respectively in Iraq's May parliamentary election, announced on Tuesday an alliance between their political blocs.

11 Jun 2018

After ballot box fire, Iraqi cleric Sadr warns of civil war

BAGHDAD Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr urged Iraqis on Monday to unite rather than squabble over a possible rerun of the election his bloc won last month, a message apparently meant to defuse political tension after a ballot box storage depot caught fire. | Video

11 Jun 2018

Iraqi ballot box storage site catches fire in Baghdad

BAGHDAD A storage site housing half of Baghdad's ballot boxes from Iraq's parliamentary election in May caught fire on Sunday, just days after parliament demanded a nationwide recount of votes, drawing calls for the election to be re-run. | Video

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