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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


Man who tried to sell anti-aircraft missiles to Hezbollah, Iraq gets 30 years in prison

An arms dealer who tried to buy anti-aircraft missiles and sell them to clients in the Middle East was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in prison, the Justice Department said.


A decadelong program to ‘turn the tide’ in Afghanistan is ending, long after military shifted its focus

A 10-year military program aimed at creating cultural experts in Central Asia will shut down next year, ending what some Afghanistan veterans said was a once-promising effort that fell victim to shifting Pentagon priorities and leadership changes.


The incredible shrinking MRE: New tech zaps rations into a third their normal size

Soldiers of the future may be eating bacon and egg breakfasts via tiny food bars. “A complete meal in a bar, that’s my goal,” said Tom Yang, senior food technologist at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center.


‘May God disgrace them’: Families grieve after Taliban strike kills children

Ahmad Faisal, 12, was one of many Afghans coping with the aftermath of a Monday bombing, which the Taliban said targeted a nearby Afghan military logistics depot but left dozens of civilians wounded and killed at least 10 people, including an 8-year-old girl named Feroza.


Six die, scores are wounded in Kabul blast, gunfight

At least six people were killed and scores were wounded, including dozens of schoolchildren, in a car bomb attack and an hours-long gunfight that targeted an Afghan military logistics depot in Kabul on Monday, Afghan officials said.

Six die, scores are wounded in Kabul blast, gunfight

At least six people were killed and scores were wounded, including dozens of schoolchildren, in a car bomb attack and an hours-long gunfight that targeted an Afghan military logistics depot in Kabul on Monday, Afghan officials said.


When in Kazakhstan, Steppe Eagle soldiers try a local delicacy: horse milk

When in Kazakhstan, do as the Kazakhs do, the paraphrased old saying goes. And a big part of that, as soldiers taking part in the U.S.-led Steppe Eagle exercise here discovered, includes drinking horse milk.


US-led Steppe Eagle helps build Kazakhstan into stable partner in Central Asia

On a plain in rural Kazakhstan, soldiers from this former Soviet republic worked with American troops and coalition partners to practice neutralizing snipers, to help women who were victims of violence and to locate hidden weapons.


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Aided by a female squad leader, US soldiers demonstrate peacekeeping with women in mind

Several Steppe Eagle drills include gender as a factor. In one, villagers come to the gates of bases to report that they had been raped. Another tested whether soldiers could spot signs that a woman was the victim of human trafficking.


Kazakh and Tajik troops take on snipers, bombs in US-led exercise

Soldiers in the Kazakh Ground Forces peacekeeping battalion are using Steppe Eagle, which began last week and runs until Thursday, to prepare for an upcoming deployment to Lebanon. They're joined by soldiers from the U.S. and the U.K., as well as Tajikistan.


Analysis

Experts: A unified Taliban could bolster peace talks in Afghanistan

The U.S. must move away from trying to splinter the Taliban if talks to end America’s longest war are to succeed, analysts said, as the two sides geared up for a seventh round of negotiations.