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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


US Army veteran who escaped Holocaust to receive military police honor

Frank Cohn was drafted during World War II into the U.S. Army, which assigned him to work as an intelligence agent, interrogating Nazis arrested for war crimes.


Civilians reported killed in airstrike by Afghan military

No U.S. air assets were involved in the strike, a spokesman for NATO Resolute Support said Sunday in a statement.


Georgia Air National Guardsman receives Purple Heart connected to Taliban attack on Bagram Airfield

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Franklin Wetmore was hurt in a December explosion, but, in spite of the injury, he provided security to more than 500 personnel who were hunkered down in a terminal during an attack.


Sewage from US Embassy, NATO headquarters dumped into Kabul River due to aging infrastructure

The only public facility in Kabul for sewage treatment hasn’t worked for almost two years because of poor maintenance, leading to untreated wastewater being dumped into the river and endangering the health of thousands of families, Afghan officials said.


Afghan government says company that handles US Embassy waste is operating illegally

A company contracted by the American Embassy in Kabul is operating without a license and illegally dumping garbage, posing a threat to the environment and health, Afghan officials said.

Afghan government says company that handles US Embassy waste is operating illegally

A company contracted by the American Embassy in Kabul is operating without a license and illegally dumping garbage, posing a threat to the environment and health, Afghan officials said.


Daytime naps not as good for the brain as a good night’s sleep, Army study shows

The brain is better at flushing out toxins during normal sleeping hours, according to a new study.


19 years after 9/11, many Americans who fought in Afghanistan are torn over US pullout

Nineteen years after the attacks of 9/11, some American veterans of the war in Afghanistan wrestle with the idea that the pull-out of U.S. troops from the country was born out of a deal struck with the very enemy more than 2,400 of their brothers and sisters died fighting.


Pioneering Black Marine veteran of Iwo Jima honored on 95th birthday

A 95-year-old veteran who was one of the nation’s first African American U.S. Marines received a medal and a car parade from the New York Senate as a birthday present.


Pentagon and State Department could be compelled to testify on Afghanistan war, House Democrats say

A letter sent to Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo demanded the military and State Department provide witnesses to testify at a Sept. 9 hearing in Congress.


Ugandan guards evacuated from US base in Afghanistan after positive coronavirus tests now waiting to go home

A majority of the roughly 300 Ugandan guards who man watchtowers and provide security at entry points at a U.S. base in eastern Afghanistan have tested positive for the coronavirus, a lawyer and several guards said.