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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 forces in Afghanistan strike ISIS during partial truce with Taliban

The airstrikes killed four Islamic State fighters in Kunar province, said Col. Sonny Leggett, spokesman for U.S. Forces-Afghanistan.


US forces in Afghanistan, CENTCOM monitoring coronavirus amid reports of infections in the region

The U.S.-led international coalition in Afghanistan is closely monitoring the potential spread of coronavirus in the country, as Afghan officials confirmed the first case of infection Monday.


‘God willing, peace will come’: Reduction in Afghan violence brings hope; some fighting goes on

There was a “significant” drop in violence in Afghanistan on Saturday, the first day of a weeklong period of reduced violence, the Afghan Defense Ministry said. Several attacks were reported throughout the day but didn’t appear to break the truce.


Pentagon sheds light on plans to provide Chinook helicopters to Afghan special forces

The Defense Department plans to provide 20 Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopters to Afghanistan’s security forces in a bid to save on support costs and air crew requirements, Pentagon officials said.


Afghan president Ashraf Ghani is declared election winner after nearly five months

Ashraf Ghani has been declared the winner of Afghanistan’s disputed presidential election on Tuesday, nearly five months after the ballots were cast.

Afghan president Ashraf Ghani is declared election winner after nearly five months

Ashraf Ghani has been declared the winner of Afghanistan’s disputed presidential election on Tuesday, nearly five months after the ballots were cast.


US, world donors provide aid as millions of Afghans struggle to buy food

Food bought by the U.S. and other United Nations donors was distributed to thousands of people on the outskirts of Kabul, ahead of a Friday report by a U.S. watchdog agency that a third of Afghanistan’s population might go hungry this year.


Senator criticizes Pentagon plans to cut Black Hawks for Afghan air force

A senator on the Armed Services Committee has asked the Pentagon to explain why it has proposed yet another helicopter model for the Afghan air force instead of the Black Hawks it has been sending for years.


Army developing binoculars that can identify far-off faces in the dark

Advanced facial recognition technology could immediately match people viewed from as far as 500 yards away to identity databases, a U.S. Army Research Laboratory electronics engineer says.


War book ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’ to become graphic novel

The classic book “Slaughterhouse-Five” and its tales of war, loss, aliens and time travel will be transformed into a graphic novel available this fall.


49ers’ Kittle will play in Super Bowl in honor of fallen soldier

George Kittle, star tight end for the San Francisco 49ers, met with the family of Mick LaMar on Friday ahead of the clash with the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV in Miami.