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Growing tension between East and West soon evolved into the Cold War, prompting a more defensive role for those garrisoned in West Germany.
War in Afghanistan
On 11 September 2001, al-Qaeda terrorists mounted four co-ordinated attacks on the United States. In response, the US military along with Britain and other allies deployed to Afghanistan to destroy al-Qaeda and punish their Taleban supporters. Western involvement in the region would continue for 20 years.