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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


Having penis transplant was ‘one of the best decisions I ever made,’ Navy veteran says

A veteran lost both legs, his penis, scrotum and a chunk of his abdominal wall when he stepped on a roadside bomb as he ran to help a soldier during a Taliban ambush in 2010. Now he hopes that sharing his experience can help other veterans.


Reporter’s Notebook

Cafe aiming to offer Afghan experience to Bagram troops is 'a work in progress'

Servicemembers and others from the U.S. and elsewhere can spend months, if not years, in the Middle East without ever discovering life outside military bases. Owner Riza Rahmdel wants the BAF Cafe at Bagram Airfield to “create cultural awareness” of Afghan life.


Insecurity, fraud allegations mar US company’s quest to mine for gold in Afghanistan

A year after a U.S.-based company signed contracts to mine for gold and copper in Afghanistan, work still hasn’t begun amid fears of insecurity and with allegations of corruption still dogging the company.


Soldier killed in attack that ended US-Taliban peace talks laid to rest at Arlington

Preparing for her husband’s burial at Arlington National Cemetery, Sgt. 1st Class Elis A. Barreto Ortiz’s widow said she had only begun to grieve since his death earlier this month on his second deployment to Afghanistan.


Amid threats of violence, Afghans prepare to vote in presidential election

Afghans are preparing to vote this weekend in their country’s fourth presidential election since U.S.-led forces ousted the Taliban in 2001, amid threats of violence from insurgent groups.

Amid threats of violence, Afghans prepare to vote in presidential election

Afghans are preparing to vote this weekend in their country’s fourth presidential election since U.S.-led forces ousted the Taliban in 2001, amid threats of violence from insurgent groups.


Shooting threat at ‘Joker’ movie premiere spurs warning from Army Criminal Investigation Command

An Army Criminal Investigation Command memo issued Monday put commanders at Fort Sill, Okla., on notice regarding “disturbing and very specific chatter in the dark web” about a possible mass shooting during the Oct. 4 release of the new “Joker” movie.


Businessman who bilked US of millions meant for Afghanistan mine sentenced to 4½ years

Azam Doost, 41, of Union City, Calif., was found guilty in September last year of defrauding the U.S. government, making false statements on a loan application, wire fraud, and money laundering, the Justice Department said.


Female Ranger, Fort Riley soldier win Army Ten-Miler at Bagram

One of the first female graduates of the Army Ranger School won the women’s race at Bagram’s Army Ten-Miler shadow run, while a Fort Riley-based soldier took the top podium spot in the men’s race.


New generation of Taliban fuels battles in northern Afghanistan

After years of resisting Taliban control, Afghanistan’s northeastern province of Badakhshan has become yet another battleground in the fight for control of the country, thanks in large part to a long-term shift in the Taliban’s recruitment strategy, observers say.


Afghan government is open to talks with the Taliban, but only with a cease-fire

The Afghan government is ready to pick up peace negotiations with the Taliban after they were abruptly called off by President Donald Trump but the insurgents must first agree to a cease-fire, Afghanistan’s president said Monday.