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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


Snacks and face masks: Volunteers adapt troop care packages to the times

Care packages for deployed troops, often filled with items like cookies and cards, will feature something new in response to a worldwide pandemic: face masks.


With ‘what-ifs’ and isolation, coronavirus risks weigh on caregivers for veterans

The risk coronavirus poses to people with underlying medical conditions has added a new level of stress for caregivers helping their veteran loved ones.


Video games, buddy checks and feats of strength: Veteran organizations go virtual in response to pandemic

An online forum brings together veterans from all over the country for fun, video games and untangling the stresses of life during the coronavirus.


Company charged millions for pro-America ads that never aired in Afghanistan, lawsuit alleges

A contractor billed the Pentagon millions of dollars for ads that never aired in Afghanistan,the company's former president says in a whistleblower lawsuit.


ISIS attack targets US troops at Bagram Airfield in third such incident since Taliban peace deal

An Islamic State militant fired mortars at U.S. and international troops at Bagram Airfield in what security officials said was the third attack on the base since the U.S. signed a peace deal with the Taliban last month.

ISIS attack targets US troops at Bagram Airfield in third such incident since Taliban peace deal

An Islamic State militant fired mortars at U.S. and international troops at Bagram Airfield in what security officials said was the third attack on the base since the U.S. signed a peace deal with the Taliban last month.


Wounded Green Beret veteran's Boston Marathon dreams deferred, but hope remains

Days after a Taliban sniper’s shot left Staff Sgt. Kevin Flike bedridden and awaiting what would become six separate surgeries, he made himself a promise: he’d recover and he’d finish a marathon. It took nearly nine years for Flike, 35, to get to where he could make good on that promise, but now that's on hold.


Coalition forces in Afghanistan establish quarantine areas, say no confirmed cases of coronavirus

The U.S.-led international coalition in Afghanistan said quarantine areas have been established for those awaiting tests.


US troops have left bases in Helmand, Laghman provinces, officials say

U.S. troops have pulled out of a key base in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province, the site of some of the fiercest fighting of the war, officials said Friday.


US plan to fix visa delays for interpreters who helped troops deemed ‘offensive’

A Trump administration proposal to fix a visa program that allows war zone interpreters to resettle in the U.S. has been rejected as “downright offensive” by a refugee advocacy group.


Afghan women worry their rights will be a bartering tool at talks with the Taliban

Afghan women fear their hard-won rights could be bargained away when government negotiators meet with the Taliban to map out the future of the country, female students at an American-backed university said Sunday.