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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

30 Jun 2018

Iraq to begin manual recount of national election votes on Tuesday

BAGHDAD Iraq will begin a manual recount of votes on Tuesday from a May parliamentary election clouded by allegations of fraud, a step towards the formation of a new parliament and government.

24 Jun 2018

Iran-backed Iraqi militias say won't be silent over alleged U.S. strike

ERBIL, Iraq Iraq's Popular Mobilisation Forces, an umbrella grouping of mostly Iran-backed Shi'ite militias, said on Sunday it would not remain silent over an alleged U.S. air strike it said killed 22 of its members across the border in Syria last week.

24 May 2018

Iraqi PM Abadi says election fraud allegations to be investigated

BAGHDAD Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Thursday that allegations of fraud in national elections held last week will be investigated, according to a statement from his office.

24 May 2018

At least four killed, 15 wounded in Baghdad bomb blast

BAGHDAD At least four people were killed and 15 wounded in a suicide attack in Iraq's capital Baghdad on Thursday, a military spokesman told Reuters.

22 May 2018

Iraq sentences Belgian to death as Islamic State fighter

BAGHDAD Iraq's Central Criminal Court sentenced a Belgian on Tuesday to death by hanging as a senior foreign fighter for Islamic State, a rare case in which Baghdad has publicly revealed details of the fate of one of the hundreds of foreigners it has captured.

20 May 2018

Iraqi cleric Sadr meets pro-Iran Amiri after election win

BAGHDAD, Iraq Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, whose political bloc was declared the winner of Iraq's parliamentary election, met Hadi al-Amiri, leader of a pro-Iran bloc, on Sunday in what Sadr portrayed as part of an inclusive discussion about government formation.

20 May 2018

Cleric Sadr meets Iraq PM Abadi, hinting at coalition

BAGHDAD Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met with Moqtada al-Sadr on Saturday, less than 24 hours after the Shi'ite cleric's bloc was declared winner of Iraq's parliamentary election, the clearest sign yet they could work together to form a coalition. | Video

19 May 2018

Cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's bloc wins Iraq election

BAGHDAD A political bloc led by populist Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, a long-time adversary of the United States who also opposes Iranian influence in Iraq, has won the country's parliamentary election, the electoral commission said on Saturday.

13 May 2018

Iraqis vote as Abadi seeks to fend off Iran-backed rivals

BAGHDAD/MOSUL, Iraq Iraqis voted on Saturday for the first time since the defeat of Islamic State, with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, a rare ally of both the United States and Iran, trying to fend off powerful Shi'ite groups that would pull the country closer to Tehran. | Video

12 May 2018

'We never cared but now we have to': Mosul votes for first time since IS defeat

MOSUL, Iraq Um Laila and Farida Hassan had not seen each other since the day Iraqi soldiers helped them escape from Islamic State's brutal rule in Mosul.

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