Geoffrey York September 22, 2009
Globe and Mail :: As the Somalia conflict spirals into a new proxy war between al-Qaeda and the United States, there is mounting evidence that U.S. weapons and Somali soldiers are ending up under the control of Islamic terrorists, Somali politicians say.
- A proxy war is a war that results when two powers use third parties as substitutes for fighting each other directly.
- While powers have sometimes used whole governments as proxies, terrorist groups, mercenaries, or other third parties are more often employed. It is hoped that these groups can strike an opponent without leading to full-scale war.
- Proxy wars have also been fought alongside full-scale conflicts.
- It is almost impossible to have a pure proxy war, as the groups fighting for a certain nation usually have their own interests, which are often divergent from those of their patron. (wkpd. proxy war. 10.09.09)
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