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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

23 Jan 2018

A-10 ground attack aircraft bolster U.S. air power in Afghanistan

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan U.S. forces in Afghanistan are deploying a squadron of A-10 "Warthog" ground attack aircraft, the U.S. military said on Tuesday, intensifying an air campaign that saw attacks more than triple in 2017 over the previous year.

19 Jan 2018

Could Taliban finally return to Afghan peace talks? Obstacles abound

KABUL Exploratory meetings in Pakistan between a high-level Taliban delegation and a representative of a prominent Afghan politician have fuelled speculation of a revival of long-stalled talks on ending Afghanistan's 16-year war that kills thousands each year.

08 Jan 2018

Pension crisis looms as Afghanistan grapples to fix public finances

KABUL In a country not short of problems, a looming pensions crisis that could cripple Afghanistan's budget in coming years is a new headache for a government dependent on increasingly war-weary foreign donors.

07 Jan 2018

Stand-off over powerful Afghan governor foreshadows bitter election fight

MAZAR-I SHARIF, Afghanistan A stand-off between Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Atta Mohammad Noor, the powerful provincial governor he is trying to remove from his northern stronghold, is increasingly turning into a battle over next year's presidential election.

29 Dec 2017

Hours after Afghan blast, confused families searched desperately for news

KABUL Hours after the explosion that tore through a Shi'ite cultural centre in the Afghan capital Kabul on Thursday, desperate families were still searching for news, as burnt bodies were brought in and wards at the nearby Istiqlal hospital filled up.

25 Dec 2017

Afghan political crisis deepens as ousted governor refuses to go

KABUL Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's bid to oust one of the country's most powerful provincial governors has run into strong resistance that has deepened political uncertainty just as Washington steps up its campaign against the Taliban insurgency.

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.

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