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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 troops’ Afghanistan deployments cut short by pandemic, drawdown in tumultuous 2020

After drawing down to 4,500 troops this fall, the number of U.S. forces in the country is expected to be further reduced to 2,500 in January. Some have said that cut, ordered by President Donald Trump this month, could leave a security vacuum.


Biden to weigh keeping counterterror force in Afghanistan, analysts say

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden may look to keep a residual counterterrorism force in Afghanistan, a move expected to face resistance from the Taliban, analysts have said.


Decorated Afghan pilot who protected US airmen is in hiding after Pentagon reverses approval to come to US

The 32-year-old flier is said to have killed more Taliban than any other pilot in the Afghan Air Force during thousands of flight hours, Afghan and U.S. military officers told Stars and Stripes.


With locals untrained on key functions, US departure could mean trouble for Afghanistan’s airports

Locals haven’t been shown how to run the air traffic control tower, man the radar or perform a number of other crucial tasks handled by NATO personnel at Kandahar’s Ahmad Shab Baba International Airport, said the facility’s director of civil aviation.


Business in discarded US military goods is booming as Kandahar base empties out

Nearly every day, workers sort through shipping containers from Kandahar Airfield in hopes of finding anything that U.S. and NATO troops withdrawing from Afghanistan don’t want that Afghans can sell.

Business in discarded US military goods is booming as Kandahar base empties out

Nearly every day, workers sort through shipping containers from Kandahar Airfield in hopes of finding anything that U.S. and NATO troops withdrawing from Afghanistan don’t want that Afghans can sell.


Air Force C-17 pilot lauded for airmanship in Kandahar emergency landing

A video shows a C-17 in Afghanistan landing on a runway with its nose landing gear up at Ahmad Shah Baba International Airport on the morning of Oct. 18.


Sewage spills, contaminated water and Iranian building materials found at US-funded prison site in Afghanistan

Staff are at risk due to deficiencies found at a wastewater treatment facility for Afghanistan's largest prison, a report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said.


NATO troops wounded in IED blast in Afghanistan

A bomb blast in southern Afghanistan wounded two Romanian soldiers, NATO Resolute Support said.


US contractor pleads guilty to forging paperwork in Kandahar theft ring

A supervisor at an office that issued security badges drafted false paperwork that allowed unvetted Afghan workers to enter the base to pick up stolen goods to be sold to locals off base, court documents said.


Air Force pararescuemen receive Bronze Stars with valor for life-saving actions in Afghanistan

Two airmen were recognized for their actions during separate missions with Army Special Forces units in the southern province of Helmand.