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J.P. Lawrence

J.P. Lawrence is a downrange reporter covering Afghanistan and Iraq.

Lawrence joined Stripes in 2018. He previously reported for the San Antonio Express and Albany Times Union. He has written in the U.S. and Africa for the New York Review of Books, Vice, the Intercept and the Associated Press. He served in the U.S. Army and went to Bard College and Columbia University in New York.

Email: lawrence.jp@stripes.com


Taliban prisoners to be set free, paving way for peace talks in Afghanistan

The decision came after a council of 3,400 Afghan delegates, known as a loya jirga, concluded Sunday with a declaration that agreed to the prisoner release.


At least 25 dead after Islamic State attacks Afghanistan jail

At least 25 people, including civilians, prison guards, security forces and prisoners, were killed and 48 wounded when the Islamic State attacked a jail in eastern Afghanistan where hundreds of its militants were incarcerated, Afghan officials said Monday.


A bloodied ISIS still a threat in Afghanistan as it looks to recruit disgruntled Taliban

The Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan has suffered heavy losses in the past year but could spoil the country’s peace process by attacking cities and recruiting Taliban splinter groups angered by the negotiations.


Army takes lessons from squid to develop a self-healing film

Army-funded researchers have developed a synthetic protein, inspired by the suction cups on squid, that can repair damage caused by scratches, holes and cuts within seconds, the service said.


With US troops gone from two bases in eastern Afghanistan, Taliban steps up attacks

The scars of decades of war and recent battles against ISIS mar the landscape in Achin around the former U.S. Combat Outpost Blackfish, which once housed small Special Forces teams.

With US troops gone from two bases in eastern Afghanistan, Taliban steps up attacks

The scars of decades of war and recent battles against ISIS mar the landscape in Achin around the former U.S. Combat Outpost Blackfish, which once housed small Special Forces teams.


Grateful Marine veteran helping Afghan translator stymied by travel disruption get to America

A Marine veteran has raised more than $5,000 to help a translator who saved U.S. troops in Afghanistan come to America.


Afghan government airstrike kills at least eight, including civilians, official says

An airstrike by government forces in western Afghanistan killed at least eight, including civilians, in an action condemned by America’s top peace envoy to the country.


Lack of electricity, training leaves US-provided Afghan military equipment untracked, IG says

Afghan army weapons and vehicles can’t be properly tracked due to infrastructure problems and lack of qualified staff at many smaller bases, the Defense Department’s watchdog agency said.


Deployment inspires folk singer’s song about Afghanistan

“Lailly and Abdullah” is about Afghan youth in conflict with tradition and features a musician from Alabama singing “Allahu Akbar.”


US Air Force pilot safe after plane crashes in northern Afghanistan

The pilot was on a training flight in an A-29 Super Tucano on Thursday when the crash occurred, a spokesman for U.S. Forces-Afghanistan said.