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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


Call her coach: Wounded veteran finds camaraderie in competitive esports

A Navy and Army veteran helps others through collegiate video game tournaments.


Bomb blast exposure may raise risk of Alzheimer’s, Army-funded research finds

Even small explosions — ones unlikely to cause concussions or injuries — change the molecular structure of the brain, a study says.


Deal meant to end war in Afghanistan seen to embolden Taliban

The drawdown of U.S. troops from Afghanistan has encouraged the Taliban’s belief that they are closer than ever to victory, analysts and fighters said, one year after a peace deal was signed.


Afghan air force won’t be combat effective 'within months' if advisers leave, IG report says

The Afghan air force, a key factor in the government’s ability to keep Taliban insurgents at bay, won’t be able to fly effective combat missions within months if the few remaining allied advisers leave, a new report said.


About 30 Taliban die in bombmaking accident, Afghan government says

The blast occurred at a bombmaking course in Afghanistan’s northern Balkh province.

About 30 Taliban die in bombmaking accident, Afghan government says

The blast occurred at a bombmaking course in Afghanistan’s northern Balkh province.


Afghan pilot reputed for saving US lives reapplies for asylum after being approved and later rejected

The U.S. government is reviewing Maj. Mohammed Naiem Asadi’s new application for a temporary refuge status for noncitizens in need of protection, his lawyer said.


Congress calls for end to program that gave out billions to win support in Iraq and Afghanistan

Lawmakers want the military to end a multibillion-dollar program meant to win over the people of Afghanistan and Iraq through cash and work projects.


Kombucha tea inspires smart materials that could save troops’ lives

Kombucha tea has inspired new Army-funded technology that may help troops carry out potentially life-saving tasks, such as detecting chemicals and other pollutants in the environment or purifying water in the field.


Airmen receive Bronze Stars for stemming COVID-19 outbreak at Afghanistan base

Two Air Force doctors and a medic have been awarded Bronze Stars for their efforts to stem a coronavirus outbreak at NATO headquarters in Kabul, where infection rates reached 30% last summer.


COVID-19 vaccination underway for US military in Afghanistan

Doses of the Moderna vaccine arrived in theater Jan. 17 and inoculation began the next day, U.S. Forces – Afghanistan said.