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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Quite simply, proxy wars are indirect interventions.
ISLAMABAD -- Awami Workers Party (AWP) President Yousuf Musti Khan has called for unity of the left, democratic and secular forces to launch struggle against imperialist designs of proxy wars in the region.
Speakers at a seminar titled 'Strategic Dimensions of Peace and Conflict in South Asia and the Middle East,' called for studying causes of proxy wars and the potential impact of the non-state actors on a country' strategic framework.
ISLAMABAD -- There is a need to study the causes of proxy wars , and what are the potential impacts of such wars on the overall conflict.
The second war waged by India is in the form of violations of the Line of Control (LOC) and the Working Boundary mainly targeting civilians and the third war is the proxy wars in Balochistan, FATA and Pakistan's urban centres, as well as penetration of Indian operatives into religious places, political entities and civil society, he said.
It added that the Iranian Armed Forces have also displayed their power in assisting the Muslim regional states to fight against the Takfiri terrorism and the proxy wars launched by the arrogant powers and reactionary regimes in the region.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday Tehran had no intension to go to war with US forces in the Middle East, where Iran has been involved in proxy wars with U.S.
Economics professor Woo Wing Thye explained that in the age of nuclear firepower, nuclear-capable nations would never confront one another directly for fear of mutually assured destruction, but would engage in proxy wars instead.
They could lead to a military confrontation, including the intensification of proxy wars, and a deepening of the Shiite-Sunni divide.
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.nytimes.com/2016/11/20/world/middleeast/iran-saudi-proxy-war.html?_r=0) The New York Times detailed in November.
"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.