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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


Whistleblower lawsuit claims defense contractor defrauded Pentagon of $1.3 billion in MRAP deal

A defense vehicle manufacturer has been accused by one of its former employees of bilking the Pentagon of $1.3 billion by vastly overcharging the Marine Corps for components of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles used by troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Apache pilot killed in Afghanistan ‘gladly and willingly’ accepted risks of deploying, family and friends say

Five-year-old Starling Knadle sat on her mother’s lap, her 15-year-old brother sitting beside her wearing a cavalry Stetson, as six Army pallbearers loaded their father’s coffin into a waiting hearse during a ceremony at Fort Hood, Texas, on Tuesday.


SIGAR: Were America’s efforts to help feed Afghans fruitful? No one can say.

The U.S. Agency for International Development spent the money to feed starving Afghan families, but a lack of oversight amid reports of theft by both insurgents and government workers leaves no way to account for what has happened to the food, a report by the Special Inspector General for the Reconstruction of Afghanistan said late last month.


Afghan soldier sentenced to death for killing his commander over pay dispute

An Afghan military court sentenced Sayed Musa to death for the premeditated murder in October of his commanding officer Hashmatullah Yaqobi.


Kabul terminates contract for US-based firm's gold and copper mine project

The Afghan government has canceled the contract for a U.S.-based company to develop gold and copper mines in a remote province in northeastern Afghanistan, officials said Monday.

Kabul terminates contract for US-based firm's gold and copper mine project

The Afghan government has canceled the contract for a U.S.-based company to develop gold and copper mines in a remote province in northeastern Afghanistan, officials said Monday.


Army pilots killed in helicopter crash in Afghanistan remembered for their 'heroic legacy' and heart

One of the Army pilots killed in a helicopter crash Wednesday in Afghanistan got married just eight months ago. His co-pilot was married with two children and had just begun to have success as a bodybuilder.


US, allies’ military successes drove down terrorism deaths almost everywhere except Afghanistan, report says

Military successes by the U.S. and its allies against terrorist groups helped drive down global deaths from terrorism in 2018 for the fourth consecutive year, a report released this week said. But terrorism deaths in Afghanistan soared by nearly 60% to more than 7,300 in 2018.


US Marines, Indian military build ties in first Tiger Triumph exercise

U.S. Marines and sailors are in eastern India for the inaugural Tiger Triumph humanitarian exercise, a drill that U.S. officials and analysts say is part of a growing partnership in a region where China is increasingly active.


Two US service members killed in helicopter crash in Afghanistan

Two U.S. service members were killed in a helicopter crash Wednesday in Afghanistan, a statement from U.S. Forces Afghanistan said.


Islamic State’s ‘backbone was broken’ in Afghanistan as hundreds surrender

Hundreds of Islamic State fighters have surrendered after separate operations by government forces and the Taliban hemmed them into the mountainside in the country’s south, Afghan officials said Tuesday.