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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


‘He didn’t go down without a fight’: Report details 2018 Afghan insider attack that killed soldier

He was shot in the back as he ran for cover, but Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Bolyard managed to draw his pistol and spin around before falling to the ground.


Afghan forces launched mortar attacks that killed civilians in Helmand, UN says

he Afghan military was responsible for errant mortar attacks that killed or injured dozens at a cattle market in southern Helmand province this week, the United Nations said Tuesday.


Army halts MWR at Afghanistan base, orders contractors to leave to prevent virus spread

The U.S. military has ordered contractors in eastern Afghanistan to leave base as part of coronavirus prevention measures, forcing the closure of Morale, Welfare and Recreation facilities and other nonessential services.


‘Time is running out’ for Afghanistan to stop corruption, US inspector general says

Kabul’s failure to tackle corruption will weaken its bargaining position during peace talks and risks angering governments who are “weary of paying Afghanistan’s bills,” a U.S. official has warned.


Bolton memoir recounts Trump’s frustrations with war in Afghanistan

President Donald Trump viewed a U.S. troop increase in Afghanistan as a failure and sought to withdraw from the country early in his term, former National Security Adviser John Bolton wrote in a book released to the public Tuesday.

Bolton memoir recounts Trump’s frustrations with war in Afghanistan

President Donald Trump viewed a U.S. troop increase in Afghanistan as a failure and sought to withdraw from the country early in his term, former National Security Adviser John Bolton wrote in a book released to the public Tuesday.


Understaffed, uncoordinated: IG outlines flaws in visa program for war zone interpreters

A program to provide U.S. visas for interpreters who worked with American forces during the war in Afghanistan is understaffed, uncoordinated and reliant on outdated technology, a State Department Inspector General report said.


Pentagon’s stop-movement order creates financial burden for some families

Tens of thousands of military families' permanent change of station moves have been delayed by the Pentagon's stop-movement order issued in March, and many of them are facing financial difficulties because of the backlog.


Court approves plan to fix visa delays for war zone interpreters

A federal judge in Washington has approved a plan to speed up visa applications for more than 9,000 interpreters who assisted U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.


Hospital outside Bagram demolished months after being damaged in Taliban attack

A hospital outside America’s largest base in Afghanistan has been razed after it was irreparably damaged in a Taliban attack last year, when the militants tried to breach Bagram Airfield, officials said.


Suicide bombing at Kabul mosque kills two, wounds two

A security guard for the U.S. Embassy and a prominent religious scholar died after a suicide bomb blast struck a mosque near the entrance of Kabul’s diplomatic zone.