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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


Two soldiers killed in Afghanistan were paratroopers on first combat deployment

Staff Sgt. Ian Paul McLaughlin, 29, of Newport News, Va., and Pfc. Miguel Angel Villalon, 21, of Joliet, Ill., died after an improvised explosive device struck their vehicle, said a news release from the 82nd Airborne Division.


21-year-old soldier killed in Afghanistan was from Illinois, city says

Two U.S. service members were killed and two U.S. service members were wounded in action Saturday when their vehicle struck an IED in Kandahar province, Afghanistan.


Airstrike in western Afghanistan kills leader of Taliban splinter group, may have killed civilians

A U.S. drone strike killed a regional leader of a breakaway faction of the Taliban in western Afghanistan Wednesday and may have killed several civilians, officials and militants said.


Bagram’s Afghan music night is the American base’s other ‘sound of freedom’

American troops often dub the deafening roar of fighter jets taking off from the nearby flight line “the sound of freedom,” but in the small auditorium off the base’s Disney Drive where Kaderi and a rotating cast of three to four contract interpreters gather each week, the strains of the stringed rabab and the rhythmic beat of the tabla drums make for a humbler celebration of the concept.


Troops in Afghanistan find ways to cope with Christmas away from home

Contact with families, decorations and camaraderie help troops and civilians deployed to America’s central base in Afghanistan’s capital.

Troops in Afghanistan find ways to cope with Christmas away from home

Contact with families, decorations and camaraderie help troops and civilians deployed to America’s central base in Afghanistan’s capital.


US service member killed in action in Afghanistan, Taliban claim responsibility

A U.S. service member was killed in action Monday in Afghanistan, according to a brief statement from U.S. Forces Afghanistan.


Troops overseas catch early premiere of new Star Wars movie

Troops howled their best Chewbacca impressions as they waited for the latest Star Wars movie, which premiered in a special showing for troops in Afghanistan on Thursday — several hours before service members deployed across the world had a chance to see the film.


Pararescuemen receive Silver Stars after saving dozens of lives in Afghanistan

Two airmen who were lauded for their actions in separate clashes received the third-highest military award for bravery.


Afghan interpreters for US military get additional shots at US visas under defense bill

A program that provides visas to interpreters who worked with the U.S. military in Afghanistan has gone from endangered to potentially expanded following House passage of a $738 billion defense policy bill.


Cleanup at Bagram begins following Taliban battle at nearby hospital

A pair of Taliban bombs detonated by suicide attackers at a nearby hospital shattered windows and damaged buildings at Bagram Airfield, spurring cleanup efforts after Wednesday’s failed attempt by the insurgents to breach the base.