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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

03 Dec 2017

Crime, casualties undermine U.S. gains on Afghan battlefield

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan Since U.S. forces began stepping up air strikes against the Taliban, Kunduz shopkeeper Najibullah no longer fears another insurgent takeover of the northern Afghan city. But he does fear robbery or kidnap by militia gangs.

11 Oct 2017

Afghanistan election plans face political, technical test

KABUL Less than a year before Afghanistan is due to hold much-delayed parliamentary elections, technical problems and political wrangling are hampering a project seen as vital to ensuring the country's long-term stability.

29 Sep 2017

Militants attack Kabul airport during Mattis visit, U.S. strike hits civilians

(The September 27 story was refiled to correct th headline and first paragraph to show strike caused civilian casualties, not killed civilians) | Video

27 Sep 2017

NATO chief says Europe has interest in helping Afghanistan

KABUL NATO countries have strong reasons to maintain support for Afghanistan and will respond to U.S. President Trump's call for more troops and funding, the alliance's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday.

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

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