proxy war

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proxy war (plural proxy wars)

  1. A war where two powers use third parties as a supplement to, or a substitute for, fighting each other directly.
    • 2015 October 12, Anne Barnard; Karam Shoumali, “U.S. Weaponry Is Turning Syria Into Proxy War With Russia”, in The New York Times[1], ISSN 0362-4331:
      With the enhanced insurgent firepower and with Russia steadily raising the number of airstrikes against the government’s opponents, the Syrian conflict is edging closer to an all-out proxy war between the United States and Russia.



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