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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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29 Aug 2017

Iraqi forces face tough resistance from IS in final Tal Afar battle

AL-'AYADIYA/BAGHDAD Iraqi forces said they faced tough resistance on Monday from Islamic State fighters driven out of the city of Tal Afar to a small town where they had "nothing to lose" by fighting to the end.

28 Aug 2017

Iraqi forces retake most of Tal Afar from Islamic State - military

TAL AFAR, Iraq Iraqi forces have retaken almost all of Tal Afar, Islamic State's stronghold in the country's northwest, the Iraqi military said on Sunday. | Video

26 Aug 2017

Islamic State stronghold Tal Afar about to fall, says Iraqi military

TAL AFAR, Iraq Iraqi forces raised the national flag on Saturday in the heart of Tal Afar, Islamic State's stronghold in the country's northwest, and said they were poised to take full control of the city after a week-long offensive. | Video

25 Aug 2017

Iraqi forces say they have broken through IS lines in Tal Afar

TAL AFAR, Iraq Iraqi government forces broke through Islamic State's lines inside Tal Afar on Friday, reaching the old city centre and the neighbourhood around the Ottoman-era citadel, according to a military statement.

24 Nov 2016

U.S. soldiers celebrate thanksgiving in a military base north of Iraq

BAGHDAD U.S. troops celebrated Thanksgiving at an Iraqi army base in Qayyara, some 60 km (38 miles) south of Mosul, where a U.S.-led coalition is helping Iraqi forces battle Islamic State. | Video

24 Nov 2016

U.S. soldiers celebrate thanksgiving in a military base north of Iraq

BAGHDAD U.S. troops celebrated Thanksgiving at an Iraqi army base in Qayyara, some 60 km (38 miles) south of Mosul, where a U.S.-led coalition is helping Iraqi forces battle Islamic State.

27 Jun 2016

Iraqi army closes in on Islamic State militants near Falluja

FALLUJA, Iraq Iraq's army sought on Monday to eliminate Islamic State fighters holed up in farmland west of Falluja to keep them from launching a counterattack on the city, a day after the government declared victory over the militants there. | Video

18 Jun 2016

Iraqi forces open second front south of Islamic State-held Mosul

TIKRIT/FALLUJA, Iraq Iraqi forces opened a second front on Saturday in preparation for an assault on the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul, a day after government troops declared victory over the militants in Falluja.

17 Jun 2016

Iraqi PM declares victory over Islamic State in Falluja

FALLUJA/BAGHDAD, Iraq Iraqi forces on Friday entered the center of Falluja, the Iraqi city longest held by Islamic State, nearly four weeks after the start of a U.S.-backed offensive that cleared out the tens of thousands of residents still there. | Video

11 Mar 2015

Iraqi troops, militia retake strategic town north of Tikrit from Islamic State

AL-ALAM, Iraq Iraqi troops and militias drove Islamic State insurgents out of the town of al-Alam on Tuesday, clearing a final hurdle before a planned assault on Saddam Hussein's home city of Tikrit in their biggest offensive yet against the ultra-radical group. | Video

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