Between July 1936 and April 1939 a brutal civil war devastated Spain. The country was divided into two main factions: right wing nationalists and leftist republicans. External actors also divided their support. The fascist regimes of Germany and Italy supported the nationalists providing them with arms and air support; while the Soviet communist regime supported the republicans. Needless to say that the reality was much more complex and roots of the conflict already existed decades before. Deep frustrations and strong factionalism had already been fermenting and the moment came for those to come out and express themselves in the most violent means possible. And by the end of the civil war two percent of the population – 25 million at the time - was killed. Half a million victims of utter ruthlessness; and two hundred thousand of those were executions of civilians. The atrocity committed by both sides continues to haunt and divide the historical memory of Spain today.
Is it only about heaven?
It is estimated that there are 6,000-7,000 foreign fighters in Syria from 74 countries such as Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Belgium, Britain, Holland, Germany, Chechnya, and PakistanAbdullah Hamidaddin