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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


Among many Afghans, 9/11 remains unfamiliar or poorly understood

Several Afghans interviewed across the country told Stars and Stripes they either didn’t know why the private memorial was taking place or didn’t believe the terror attacks happened the way they did.


Decorated soldier killed in Afghanistan attack remembered as leader, mentor

Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Bolyard, who was killed in an apparent insider attack on Monday, had a calm demeanor and a gift for seeing what needed to be done in a difficult situation, fellow soldiers said.


Soldier killed in Afghanistan insider attack was on seventh deployment

Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy A. Bolyard died of wounds sustained in the attack at at Camp Maiwand in Logar province.


Deaths of two Afghanistan insurgent group leaders announced in separate incidents

The founder of the Haqqani network, an insurgent group known for high-profile attacks on both military and civilian targets in Afghanistan, has died after a long illness, according to a Taliban spokesman.airstrike.


Miller replaces Nicholson as US, allied commander in Afghanistan

He takes command of NATO forces in Afghanistan as the country suffers from continued warfare, a devastating drought, and concerns over upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections.

Miller replaces Nicholson as US, allied commander in Afghanistan

He takes command of NATO forces in Afghanistan as the country suffers from continued warfare, a devastating drought, and concerns over upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections.


Two largest veterans’ groups support return of Philippine-American War bells

The nation’s largest veterans organization passed a resolution during a weeklong national conference in favor of returning church bells that were seized by U.S. troops after a battle with Philippine rebels in 1901.


Dearth of dumbbells an unexpected result of more troops in Afghanistan

More equipment should be arriving in Afghanistan this fall. Until then, gear for Morale, Welfare and Recreation is coming from an ad hoc scrounging process, finding one set of dumbbells here, digging up an ab machine there.


Air Force engineers do the heavy lifting for new Bagram repair shop

Members of the 557th Expeditionary Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operations Repair Squadron Engineer — or “Red Horse” Squadron — have spent the past four months building a new home for Bagram Air Field's top hospital for damaged aircraft.


Taliban mum on cease-fire offer by Ghani

The Taliban did not respond as of Monday afternoon to a three-month cease-fire offer, a deal put forward by the Afghan government amid insurgent offensives throughout the country.


Ghani offers conditional second cease-fire with an increasingly emboldened Taliban

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Sunday announced a three-month-long cease-fire with the Taliban beginning Monday – but only if the Taliban reciprocate.