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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


Prospect of US withdrawal brings fear, hope in Taliban-contested southern Afghanistan

Both civilians and Taliban fighters told researcher that they assumed, under any peace deal, militants would remain in charge in the parts of Helmand they control and would seek power in the areas they contest.


US bombs kill Afghan allies for third time in three months

A U.S. airstrike killed six Afghan soldiers between late Tuesday night and early Wednesday after an exchange of gunfire between allied forces, according to Afghan officials and statements by U.S. Forces-Afghanistan.


Afghanistan overtakes Syria as least peaceful nation, report says

Afghanistan is now the least peaceful country in the world and its people are losing confidence in its security forces, according to a new report by an Australia-based think tank.


Marine veteran calls for reform following sexual abuse arrest of top Afghan soccer official

On Sunday, Afghan police issued an arrest warrant for former national soccer chief Keramuudin Karim after FIFA, the world soccer governing body, ruled that he had used his position to sexually abuse players.


Marine veteran turned photographer finds beauty, pain in return to Afghanistan’s Helmand

After two stints in Afghanistan, Marine veteran Chris Jones, now a civilian photographer, came back to Helmand – the province that has claimed more coalition troops’ lives than any other in the 18-year war – driven partly by a long-simmering question: Had the blood he and his comrades shed here led to any lasting change?

Marine veteran turned photographer finds beauty, pain in return to Afghanistan’s Helmand

After two stints in Afghanistan, Marine veteran Chris Jones, now a civilian photographer, came back to Helmand – the province that has claimed more coalition troops’ lives than any other in the 18-year war – driven partly by a long-simmering question: Had the blood he and his comrades shed here led to any lasting change?


Trauma, grief and murky consequences: Ex-CIA agent explores war’s impact in role as Batman author

Tom King, who writes DC Comics’ flagship Batman series and other titles, hopes his work will help people understand the experiences of a generation that has spent much of their lives fighting terrorism overseas.


Four Afghan civilians killed, four US troops injured in Taliban bomb attack on US convoy

A suicide car bomb targeted a convoy of armored SUVs as it was passing through the Yakatot neighborhood in eastern Kabul.


Military vets share hard-earned lessons from investing in land where they once fought

Founded by former special operations soldiers, Combat Flip Flops seeks to make peace through trade by manufacturing wares in war zones and selling them to consumers far from the fight. But it’s a mission that has been stymied here in Afghanistan, where the soldiers once served.


In a reversal, Army to develop modified combat fitness test for injured soldiers

The Army is developing alternative aerobic events for soldiers whose injuries prevent them from fully participating in its new combat fitness test, the service said in a statement on Monday.


US airstrike, coordinated with Afghans, accidentally killed as many as 17 policemen fighting Taliban

U.S. air support killed as many as 17 Afghan policemen and wounded 14 more after a police attempt to tear down a Taliban flag in southern Helmand province prompted a counterattack from the insurgents, Afghan officials said.