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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


Upcoming video game forces commanders to earn the trust of their troops or face defeat

In many combat-themed games, soldiers are simply a collection of polygons that do what a player commands — but the upcoming World War II battlefield simulator “Burden of Command” shows players the complexity of leading people into battle.


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Afghan police have Western training and facilities, but wonder how to maintain them

The challenges in sustaining the country’s police force, underscore some of Afghanistan’s deep dependencies on its foreign backers. Some analysts say it could take decades before the country’s defense and security forces can operate without substantial support from abroad.


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Can a company founded by Army veterans rise above a recent saffron slump?

Americans see their spice business as continuing a mission they started in the military, but its rise comes as trafficking from Iran, counterfeiting and other growing pains for Afghan farmers threaten to undo progress in the fledgling saffron trade here.


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Bagram’s million-dollar trash economy: 70 tons of trash a day sorted by hand

The heaps of garbage made at the largest U.S. base in Afghanistan fuel a million-dollar economy that has curbed the use of open burn pits linked to medical issues among both locals and international troops.


Dunford addresses talk of Afghanistan pullout at holiday USO show

Army Gen. Scott Miller, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, told local media Sunday that orders of a pullout had not yet reached the leadership here.

Dunford addresses talk of Afghanistan pullout at holiday USO show

Army Gen. Scott Miller, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, told local media Sunday that orders of a pullout had not yet reached the leadership here.


Reports of US withdrawal stir Afghan fears of worsening conflict

A pullout of American troops from Afghanistan could embolden the resurgent Taliban and worsen the deteriorated security situation, several former Afghan officials said Friday in response to reports that the U.S. would remove half of its forces in the coming weeks.


‘This is my father!’: Civilian dad joins his deployed son in Afghanistan

Children sometimes follow in their parent’s footsteps, but it’s not often that a father follows his son to Afghanistan.


An austere base in Afghanistan rapidly expands for more US troops

At the entrance of the base cafeteria at rapidly-expanding Camp Dahlke West, 60 miles south of Kabul, is a sign stating a simple rule: if you want to eat, you’ll have to fill two sandbags.


US returns ‘Balangiga Bells’ to Philippines after more than a century

A C-130 transport plane landed in Manila on Tuesday morning carrying three bells taken from the Philippines a century ago during its war with America, ending a long-standing dispute between the two allies.


Afghanistan overtook Iraq as deadliest country for terrorism last year; deaths down globally

Afghanistan became the world’s deadliest terrorism hot spot in 2017, due to the escalation of the war and fewer incidents elsewhere, a new report said.