proxy war

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Noun1.proxy war - a war instigated by a major power that does not itself participate
state of war, war - a legal state created by a declaration of war and ended by official declaration during which the international rules of war apply; "war was declared in November but actual fighting did not begin until the following spring"
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The worst scenario is all-out war - with the proxy conflict between East and West in Syria escalating into open conflict.
It is clear that the US and Britain are keen on turning Ukraine's civil war into a US-Russia proxy conflict, insisting they can throw enough arms at Ukraine's military to defeat the pro-Russian separatists.
Under the circumstances, it was fair to ask whether Moscow was happy to see an increasingly hot -- if still a largely proxy conflict -- between Iran and Saudi Arabia in such places as Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and now in Yemen?
Saudi Arabia's leading role against the Houthis has turned Yemen into the latest theatre of a regional proxy conflict between the Gulf's leading Sunni Muslim and Shi'ite Muslim powers -- a struggle also playing out in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq.
In Lebanon, Abdullah backed Sunni allies against the Iranian-backed Shiite guerrilla group Hezbollah in a proxy conflict that flared repeatedly into potentially destabilizing violence.
It is deeply entrenched at the heart of the biggest proxy conflict in the Middle East--the war in Syria--and its internal dynamics accurately capture all the major tensions and active conflicts in the Middle East.
After losing innocent lives in proxy conflict and spending billions on military hardware acquisitions, has South Asia prospered?
If Russia backs Assad while we funnel guns and rockets to his foes, the scene is set for a Cold War-style proxy conflict that will bring new waves of death to terrified communities.
It allowed for Syrian territories to be used in a proxy conflict involving various countries, ideologies and political camps.
It has become a proxy conflict pitting Russia and Shi'ite Muslim Iran, which back Assad, against Sunni Muslim powerhouse Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar, which are arming and funding the Sunni rebels.
The result would be "a proxy conflict with arms flowing in from all sides".
The shift by the US and its Western and Arab allies toward seeking to sway the military balance in Syria carries risks because the crisis there increasingly resembles a proxy conflict that could exacerbate sectarian tensions.