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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


Military vets share hard-earned lessons from investing in land where they once fought

Founded by former special operations soldiers, Combat Flip Flops seeks to make peace through trade by manufacturing wares in war zones and selling them to consumers far from the fight. But it’s a mission that has been stymied here in Afghanistan, where the soldiers once served.


In a reversal, Army to develop modified combat fitness test for injured soldiers

The Army is developing alternative aerobic events for soldiers whose injuries prevent them from fully participating in its new combat fitness test, the service said in a statement on Monday.


US airstrike, coordinated with Afghans, accidentally killed as many as 17 policemen fighting Taliban

U.S. air support killed as many as 17 Afghan policemen and wounded 14 more after a police attempt to tear down a Taliban flag in southern Helmand province prompted a counterattack from the insurgents, Afghan officials said.


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Afghan military looks to bigger bases while closing checkpoints in hostile Taliban territory

An Afghan general plans to close several outposts in Wardak this spring, with the aim of forming bands of larger bases, each with about 40 troops, along the key highways.


11 dead in Taliban attack on US-based aid group in downtown Kabul

A five-hour siege on a U.S.-funded aid organization in the Afghan capital ended Wednesday evening with 11 dead, including five Taliban attackers and a member of the country’s special police forces, after a complex attack that shook the center of the city with several blasts and volleys of gunfire.

11 dead in Taliban attack on US-based aid group in downtown Kabul

A five-hour siege on a U.S.-funded aid organization in the Afghan capital ended Wednesday evening with 11 dead, including five Taliban attackers and a member of the country’s special police forces, after a complex attack that shook the center of the city with several blasts and volleys of gunfire.


‘Brother against brother’: How a Taliban infiltrator killed three in Helmand

The attack by Zain Ali, a Taliban infiltrator, on a remote highway checkpoint April 15 in Helmand province added to a long history of “green-on-green” attacks in the Afghan military.


Afghan convention calls for withdrawal of foreign troops, cease-fire with Taliban

A convention of regional Afghan leaders adopted a road-map on Friday for peace talks with the Taliban that includes a call for the withdrawal of foreign troops and a cease-fire during the holy month of Ramadan.


Tweet by Air Force spouse brings latest Avengers movie to Afghanistan and Qatar bases

Those deployed to Bagram Air Field and Al Udeid Air Base had been resigned to not seeing the megahit until returning to America, as previous announcements stated there were no plans to screen “Avengers: Endgame” downrange.


Artillery booms from Army landing craft for first time in decades

Artillery rounds blasted from howitzers aboard Army landing craft during a recent training mission, the first time in decades that boats from the service’s little-known fleet of watercraft have conducted a fire mission.


Militants shatter months of calm in complex attack and bombing in central Kabul

Multiple explosions and repeated gunfire echoed through downtown Kabul on Saturday during an attack on a government ministry.