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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


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.


Contractor pleads guilty to role in theft ring at Kandahar Airfield

A U.S. military contractor pleaded guilty to federal fraud and theft charges after stealing vehicles, generators and other goods worth more than $300,000 from a base in southern Afghanistan.


Military experience inspires Harvard professor’s nanofiber body armor research

Seven years of Harvard University research into bulletproof armor began with a simple question of how to protect soldiers’ private parts from blast wounds.


‘He didn’t go down without a fight’: Report details 2018 Afghan insider attack that killed soldier

He was shot in the back as he ran for cover, but Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Bolyard managed to draw his pistol and spin around before falling to the ground.

‘He didn’t go down without a fight’: Report details 2018 Afghan insider attack that killed soldier

He was shot in the back as he ran for cover, but Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Bolyard managed to draw his pistol and spin around before falling to the ground.


Afghan forces launched mortar attacks that killed civilians in Helmand, UN says

he Afghan military was responsible for errant mortar attacks that killed or injured dozens at a cattle market in southern Helmand province this week, the United Nations said Tuesday.


Army halts MWR at Afghanistan base, orders contractors to leave to prevent virus spread

The U.S. military has ordered contractors in eastern Afghanistan to leave base as part of coronavirus prevention measures, forcing the closure of Morale, Welfare and Recreation facilities and other nonessential services.


‘Time is running out’ for Afghanistan to stop corruption, US inspector general says

Kabul’s failure to tackle corruption will weaken its bargaining position during peace talks and risks angering governments who are “weary of paying Afghanistan’s bills,” a U.S. official has warned.


Bolton memoir recounts Trump’s frustrations with war in Afghanistan

President Donald Trump viewed a U.S. troop increase in Afghanistan as a failure and sought to withdraw from the country early in his term, former National Security Adviser John Bolton wrote in a book released to the public Tuesday.


Understaffed, uncoordinated: IG outlines flaws in visa program for war zone interpreters

A program to provide U.S. visas for interpreters who worked with American forces during the war in Afghanistan is understaffed, uncoordinated and reliant on outdated technology, a State Department Inspector General report said.