Obama's Iraq speech Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET will be a balancing act. The majority of Americans say the Iraq war was a mistake, but others say this isn't the time to end the US combat role.
At a remote Iraq-Iran border post, US forces watch Iranians watch them. Iran's spy drones circle overhead. But there are plans to make this border crossing a new gateway for tourism between the two countries.
US soldiers at this tiny base in eastern Afghanistan line up an hour early for Spc. Jose Flores's delicious meals.
Officers are forging a new approach in the south, building trust with their Iraqi counterparts.
The style of buildings in the Himalayan kingdom was transported to El Paso.