By Fabian Zhilla
1- The Spanish Civil War (1936-39)
• This civil war is perhaps the first conflict in the modern period which was internationalized in political terms (anti-fascist war). About 70 Albanians took part in that war. Many gave their lives, among them Asim Vokshi, Ramiz Varvarica, Musa Fratari, Zef Hoti, Thimio Gogozoto and Teni Konomi. Mehmet Shehu, quite young at the time was one of them. Well-known names for Albanians are also Skender Luarasi and Petro Marko. Among them was a woman, Justina Skopje, a friend of Mother Teresa. The Albanians attached themselves to the Garibaldi battalion.
2- The fight for the liberation of Kosovo (1998-99)
• It is thought that about 139 Albanians took part here, who fought mainly in the operational areas of Pashtrik, Dukagjini, Llap and Nerodima. This number includes only those who join the KLA. In this war, about 28 martyrs died from Has to Vlora.
3- The conflict in Syria (2012 onwards)
• In the period 2012-2015, about 144 Albanians are thought to have been attached to the terrorist organization (ISIS) where about 44 of them have already returned and are being rehabilitated.
4- Conflict in Crimea (2014- onwards)
• During the civil conflict for the defense of Crimea, it is thought that there were a small number of Albanians who were attached to the Ukrainian battalions of Pravi Sektar¬ and Azov. Albanians have also taken part in the fighting for the protection of Danjeck airport.
5- Occupation of Ukraine by Russia (February 24, 2022 – onwards)
• According to the media, it is thought that there are only two Albanians who fight near the “National Legion of Georgia”. But according to Mamuka Mamulashvili, the commander of the Legion of “Foreign Volunteers” there are about 30 Albanians who have applied through social media to join this legion but who have not yet gone (last updated March 3, 2022). Albanian authorities state that there are no Albanians fighting in Ukraine today.
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