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 billions of dollars paid for proxy wars seem to have vanished in thin air.
This is a lesson for government of Pakistan that we should not fight proxy wars for the sake of dollars, he said adding that the war of others should not be allowed to come to one's own precinct in return for dollars.
ally Saudi Arabia have continually waged proxy wars around the Middle East, like in Yemen, and the two sides may have only just started their indirect conflicts, (https://www.
The US has, to a large extent, lost its power for direct presence in field developments and has opted for proxy wars and has unfortunately turned a number of fooled so-called Muslims into its operational forces," General Salami said, addressing a forum of the Iranian military attaches in foreign states and the country's defense and police officials in Tehran on Sunday.
The party is riddled with infighting, proxy wars between rival camps and is run by a national executive committee that is not fit for purpose" - MEP Steven Woolfe announcing his resignation from Ukip.
They also discussed the enemies strategies like the proxy wars Saudi Arabia is running in the region by creating Daesh, he said.
Chapter 4, in turn, swiftly moves on to outlining the ways in which proxy wars are fought.
It has become a crucible where proxy wars are fought and unusual alliances are forged on the basis of "my enemy's enemy is my friend".
They are nothing but proxy wars between well-known global political and economic interests that don't want to come out in the open and face each other on the battlefield.
Along with Iraq, Libya and Syria, Yemen is the fourth Arab nation where an attempt to build a new democracy has been consumed by civil conflict, regional proxy wars and the expansion of extremist groups like the Islamic State and al-Qaida.
The Core Committee observed that this growth in sectarian killings was clearly a part of proxy wars being fought on Pakistani soil.
Winding up a foreign policy in the Senate, Aziz took great pains to reject the impression that Pakistan was fighting proxy wars.