Some U.S. troops in Afghanistan gathered at 5:30 a.m. local time Wednesday to watch President Obama's speech live. They heard they'll get the company of an additional 30,000 U.S. troops from their commander-in-chief in his address, as well as the goal of starting to bring forces home by summer 2011.
The road from Kabul to Torkham, on the Afghan-Pakistan border, is a journey of pleasure and peril. CNN's Jonathan Wald captures the incredible images on the dust track turned highway, with scenes of desolate beauty but also reminders of the area's violence. Everyone who makes this trip is taking a risk.