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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


‘May God disgrace them’: Families grieve after Taliban strike kills children

Ahmad Faisal, 12, was one of many Afghans coping with the aftermath of a Monday bombing, which the Taliban said targeted a nearby Afghan military logistics depot but left dozens of civilians wounded and killed at least 10 people, including an 8-year-old girl named Feroza.


Six die, scores are wounded in Kabul blast, gunfight

At least six people were killed and scores were wounded, including dozens of schoolchildren, in a car bomb attack and an hours-long gunfight that targeted an Afghan military logistics depot in Kabul on Monday, Afghan officials said.


When in Kazakhstan, Steppe Eagle soldiers try a local delicacy: horse milk

When in Kazakhstan, do as the Kazakhs do, the paraphrased old saying goes. And a big part of that, as soldiers taking part in the U.S.-led Steppe Eagle exercise here discovered, includes drinking horse milk.


US-led Steppe Eagle helps build Kazakhstan into stable partner in Central Asia

On a plain in rural Kazakhstan, soldiers from this former Soviet republic worked with American troops and coalition partners to practice neutralizing snipers, to help women who were victims of violence and to locate hidden weapons.


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Aided by a female squad leader, US soldiers demonstrate peacekeeping with women in mind

Several Steppe Eagle drills include gender as a factor. In one, villagers come to the gates of bases to report that they had been raped. Another tested whether soldiers could spot signs that a woman was the victim of human trafficking.

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Aided by a female squad leader, US soldiers demonstrate peacekeeping with women in mind

Several Steppe Eagle drills include gender as a factor. In one, villagers come to the gates of bases to report that they had been raped. Another tested whether soldiers could spot signs that a woman was the victim of human trafficking.


Kazakh and Tajik troops take on snipers, bombs in US-led exercise

Soldiers in the Kazakh Ground Forces peacekeeping battalion are using Steppe Eagle, which began last week and runs until Thursday, to prepare for an upcoming deployment to Lebanon. They're joined by soldiers from the U.S. and the U.K., as well as Tajikistan.


Analysis

Experts: A unified Taliban could bolster peace talks in Afghanistan

The U.S. must move away from trying to splinter the Taliban if talks to end America’s longest war are to succeed, analysts said, as the two sides geared up for a seventh round of negotiations.


Prospect of US withdrawal brings fear, hope in Taliban-contested southern Afghanistan

Both civilians and Taliban fighters told researcher that they assumed, under any peace deal, militants would remain in charge in the parts of Helmand they control and would seek power in the areas they contest.


US bombs kill Afghan allies for third time in three months

A U.S. airstrike killed six Afghan soldiers between late Tuesday night and early Wednesday after an exchange of gunfire between allied forces, according to Afghan officials and statements by U.S. Forces-Afghanistan.


Afghanistan overtakes Syria as least peaceful nation, report says

Afghanistan is now the least peaceful country in the world and its people are losing confidence in its security forces, according to a new report by an Australia-based think tank.