Proxy warfare is a strategy that’s been used since the beginning of
A proxy war can take many forms, such as one or both sides being funded, trained, or equipped by a government not involved in the fighting. Conflicts of this sort were common in the Cold War. One notable example being the United States arming insurgent forces in Afghanistan to fight the Soviets.
Proxy wars are used for different reasons. It might be used to get involved when the nation funding the proxy war cannot have direct action due to their population not wanting it. It can also be when the country is having financial concerns, as the proxy forces would be a lot cheaper, and easily acquired compared to using their own national military.
Currently, proxy warfare is being used a lot in the Middle East, mainly between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Conflicts in Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq can be traced back due to the ongoing conflict between those two countries.
These conflicts are deadly and do result in thousands, and tens of thousands being killed, maimed, or going missing. They also leave repercussions globally, as these conflicts can spread into other nations, and result in more bloodshed.