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Battle of Rezalla
On November 25th, 1997 numerous Serbian police forces attacked the village Vojnik after the resistance of KLA warriors, Serb forces have withdrawn. However, the next day, namely on November 26th 1997, the Serbian military and police forces take another action oriented in two directions to enter in Vojnik. Frontal battle will take place between the KLA and Serbian forces in Rezallë e Re, which was led by KLA commander Adem Jashari. These fights were made throughout the day and were very tough, because Serbian forces in this action used perfect military machinery even helicopters to defeat KLA fighters. However, KLA fighters were well organized and used military strategy and tactics, attacking Serbian forces with professionalism and forced them to withdraw. On this occasion, it should be noted that the loss of Serbian forces in this battle, has made the enemy to change tactics in dealing with the KLA fighter. Serbian police after the suffered loss in this battle, during withdrawal in revenge attacks the school of Llausha and has killed school teacher Halit Geci. Teacher Halit Geci will be buried on the 28 November 1997, marking the Flag Day, our national holiday, On this day, Kosovo Liberation Army will find reason to appear in piublic, thus opening the brighter, more glorious and proud era, the Era of Kosovo Liberation Army. Battle of Rezala and public emergence of the KLA, as two components will mark the turning point in the history of the Kosova.

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Kosovo historical part of the Albanian stump was constantly forced to fight for freedom, for liberation from many occupations, and primarily from Slavic rule. Kosovo, historically with tis indigenous population, the Illyrian-Dardanian/Albanian during history was faced with major challenges, with the titanic struggles of life and death. And, in all those confrontations, including in the field of battle, Kosovo, its people, as part of natural Albania had given ceaseless evidence that, is capable to face own destiny, is proud to faithfully protect ancestral and today’s generations land and of those who will come after us. Kosovo, our heroic people, always and at any time in the history of this sub sky, besides freedom tribunes, prominent patriotic thinkers, freedom-loving, gave the liberation warriors, warriors that emerged from the bay of this nation and that, with the flag of Skenderbeu marched in our nation's victories. Therefore, historically, Kosovo, this part of the Albanian stump always in the battle area has given brave soldiers of freedom, the Albanian army. In this sense, spiritual roots and not just national and historic birth of the Kosovo Liberation Army should be looking at our brave past, ancient Albanian epopee, because the founders, originators, warriors and members of the KLA were great-grandchildren of Gjergj Kastriotit, të Sylejman Vokshit, Çerçiz Topallit, Isa Boletinit, Bajram Currit, Shaban Polluzhës, Adem Demaçit and other Albanian warriors, who were and are Albanian emblem of courage, the determination to be the Lord of our land, our Homeland wherever it lies.
Undoubtedly, the late twentieth, for our nation, was a new era, because the moment had come for the history, with the crucial struggle of our nation, increasingly under the leadership of the KLA led by Adem Jashari, to begin the struggle for liberation from Slavic, Serb – Yugoslav rule. There were Kosovo boys, patriotic youth, inspired by the ideas of freedom and liberation, had made oath for liberation of Kosovo. In every aspect and every Albanian perspective, the emergence of the KLA, was expected on the second Albanian November. Because almost a whole century, generation after generation, the people of Kosovo, was increasingly supported by state of origin, Albania, but also by our brethren in Macedonia, Montenegro and Eastern Kosovo in Eastern was preparing for the great battle, the battle which brought to us liberation from the Serbian/Yugoslav rule. Therefore, being aware of the fact that freedom is not given, that freedom is not won at the diplomatic table, brave people of Kosovo, Albanian undefeated boyhood throughout the Albanian lands, for a whole century was not kneeling in front of the invaders, but was preparing for war. This is because, whatever the political developments in Kosovo derived since 1912, when the Kosovo was re-conquered by Serbia, our ancestors, generation after generation had become clear that liberation of Kosovo cannot be accomplished only with the political movement but how history teaches us national political movement for liberation can only succeed if it has the support military movement.
Therefore, in our journey toward freedom, liberation, toward national common future, Albanians generations after generations since the time of Isa Boletini with friends until the age of Adem Jashari, KLA commander was persecuted, imprisoned, killed. Freedom fighters never stopped preparing for battle against the invaders, because life and our future was determined on the battlefield, was determined in Kosovo legendary areas, these areas which many times throughout history were soaked with Albanian blood.
Today, ten years after the liberation of Kosovo from Serbian-Yugoslav rule, again we look at the historical and national role of KLA, so I disentangle component role of the KLA, as a political movement and our nation's military movements. Without doubt, the KLA, also had strong integral component of the political movement, because realistically, not only before, but especially after the end of World War II every organized activity of Kosovo Albanians and those in ethnic territories of Macedonia, Eastern Kosovo and Montenegro, had political, national goals and aimed to accomplish through broad political movement. From another aspect, at the same time, for the national liberation activities, decidedly was worked for the military organization of the people, because, it was estimated that only through a large military movements, such as the KLA, can be liberated our ethnic lands from Slavic rule. At the historic moment when the opening scene of our national policy was introduced KLA, it at the same, time was /national movement and military movement of Albanians. Reasons for this conclusion are numerous and vigorous. But, I will disentangle some of them.
First, it was inconceivable that without political movement can be create scope for military movements, so without presentation of KLA cores as a major political and national movement can be established, founded, expanded and asserted military movement, so the Kosovo Liberation Army, being at the same time, political movements and military movements. Before the great hour of our history was presented, there was also an important element of national reconciliation, compliance as required and as expected among Kosovo Albanians and beyond.
Second, Kosovo needed protection and that protection and deliverance from Serb-Slavic invasion could not be realized only by desire, the ideals of freedom, liberation, with political segment, but necessarily with war. And, the fight would do, as did, glorious Kosovo Liberation Army, which successfully played and at the same time both roles as political movements and military movement, managed to mobilize people to fight not only for political, national battle but also for the armed struggle. Captive Kosovo rightly came to her children, her great-grandson and great-granddaughters, where people came from the breast of most luminous inflexible Albanian soul, Kosovo Liberation Army, political movements and military movements of the nation. The people who brought the KLA, the political and military movement of KLA has identified the light of freedom, the path of its liberation from the Serbian/Yugoslav rule.
Third, the KLA being political movements and military movements of Kosovo, the Albanian people, grew and developed into a modern army.
KLA, as political and military movement of the people of Kosovo, soon became real hope, tangible that captured the hearts and souls of all the sons and daughters of all Albanian patriots everywhere.
In fact, with the KLA, as military movements, as modern army of Kosovo was raised morale high resistance inscribed on the forehead of every freedom fighter: “Freedom or death for homeland”! With KLA, as political movement and military movement, namely the liberation and triumphant army, was emerged the feel of performance of duty for the Homeland. So, today, we can conclude that KLA fighters were soldiers as well as politicians. After the end of the Kosovo war, KLA leaders become politicians, were returned to politics from which few years ago had entered at the battlefield.
Fourth, the Kosovo Liberation Army, political and military movement of Kosovo was born and grew up as a national project that will bring freedom to the country, and came out among the people, which was also determined to win freedom struggle, emerged as a strength, political/national and military force to decide the fate of the people, rose and grew up, as well as political movement and military movement providing not only national admiration but also international, as an army of liberation, that fight makes for peace and not for slavery.
Finally, instead of ending I want to say that, the KLA, in ambiguity, as political and military organization, made major turning point in the course of our national history, changing the meaning of life in Kosovo, and at the same time the long time dream come true to many generations who sacrificed themselves for Kosovo Republic, a sovereign, democratic and internationally recognized.

After the attack of 30 of December 1991 and 22nd of January 1998, over the Jashari family, on March 5thbegins the battle of Jashari. Thus, the Serbian military and police forces had targeted since long agoJashari house. And the attack on the Jashari family, exactly on the March 5th, 1998, in the early hours, large forces of police and military forces had raided Prekaz, namely Jashari family. This was most powerful and glorious battle of War of Kosovo Liberation Army.A fire point, early stationed at the location of the ammunition factory, which was near the house of the Jashari, was strengthened with heavy artillery vehicles. Reinforcements of Serb forces had arrived from the direction of Klina, Mitrovica and Gllogoci. So, on the night between 4 and 5 March 1998, Prekaz and Jashari family were surrounded by numerous military Serb forces and police forces. Attack on Jasharis starts about six o'clock in the morning.Serbian military and police forces originally attacked from these positions: the Ammunition Factory, from the hills of Skenderaj, Lisa and Xani, as well from other positions. The immediate and more powerful was the response of the KLA commander Adem Jashari and his family. Battle of Jashari and their heroic resistance lasts three days, on 5, 6 and 7 March 1998.
On the first day of the attack on the Jashari family, has begun a mighty struggle against Serbian military and police forces. The family of Adem Jashari began fighting without prepared compromise to make resistance even until death.According to the story of Besarta Jashari, witness of this Epopee “In the first day has took place the huge battle, during the whole day houses was shelled. On that day, was killed just Adilja, wife of Adam.She was murdered on the steps of one house after she had gone to get munitions on the third floor of the house where the rooms were filled with weapons.The whole day was characterized by powerful shots of Serb forces, while in the evening the shooting were eased.In the evening, Adem Jashari with boys, Blerim, Kushtrim and Igaballi filled the cartridges and get ready for another day fight. They observed and monitored the situation very closely". [1].
On the second day of the attack on the Jashari family, namely on 6 March1998, fighting according to the Besartastory began in this way: “Since morning, the shelling started again by Serb forces. Shells fell in every part of the house and yard. A grenade fragments and bits caught underneath Igball, son of Baci Rifat. Shelling continued to be the stronger and from the pieces of shelling are killed other family members. Adam and Hamza along with family guys resisted in their positions.Most tragic was a grenade which fell in basement and split it into two parts, destroying it. It grenade killed some of our other family members.From this and several other grenades that was thrown row, died from sustained injuries even Hidajete, Rifat’s daughter and my sister Fatima, who was two years younger than me. Besim, Kushtrim and Adem were still alive and fought from one position to another. [2]From this it can be understood that the battle is only just escalate even more, despite the damage being inflicted day by day.
On the third day of the attack, on 7 March 1998, which is considered as the day of the heroic KLA Commander Adem Jashari and his family, the glorious day of Epopee KLA, by Besarta are described the last and main moments of fighting in Jasharaj house. “Adem moved from the position that had at wall in the yard and came towards the place where we stayed. After killing the majority of family members, Besim was killed. Near the basement door where we were sheltered Adam falls trying to protect us. Alive were only me and Kushtrim, I saw Adem when he got the bullet, has fallen on pillars near the stairs of the house, and there was killed. Hisson Kushtrim his (then 13 years old), after his fall, took automatic machine gun and went at other position in the yard, because Serbian police had already been entering in some warehouse that we had. Confronting them, Kushtrim has fallen between two houses with machine gun in hand. When there was no longer alive, I began to go to their bodies touching and calling each of them, but no one was left alive. I call them on the name, but no one responded. All this was taking place at the end of the war, on the third day of the attack, in the morning ".[3]
From the fierce fighting that took place three days with Serbian military and police forces, along with KLA commander Adem Jashari family in his honor fell heroically in defense of the threshold of the house, homeland and nation 20 members, 10 of them children.
Therefore, the phenomenon of Adem Jashari, would not have thisdimensionif will not be fulfilled with incarnation of his family, if he will not be a heroic part of Prekazi, if he will not had birthday on the most important Albanian day, if not embrace sacrifice as on day of birth. Therefore the figure of Adem Jashari with events five, six and seven March integral to the challenges of the time were age difference, change of life etc.
This heroic battle in the new history of Kosovo is known as the Epopee of Kosovo Liberation Army.

Serbian police and military, from 25-28 September 1998 launched offensive fierce against the KLA forces in Operation Zone Nerodime. At that time Jezerci was surrounded by three circles of enemy forces.Initially Serbian attacks began tough shelling from different positions, as the rivers merges, from the "Maja Buqes" by pine trees of Shtime and from Duhla, from the "Antenna" that was on village Jezerce, then from the Serbian positions in village Sushice, of meadows of Burrniku, from Semajes, the "Water-supply of Pleshina" and the military barracks of Ferizaj.
In these conditions, the entire military force of Operational Zone Nerodime, in conjunction with Kaçaniku command was mobilized as never before in the war against Serb forces. After attacks with heavy artillery guns, Serb forces began to attack by infantry, which relied on sophisticated machinery and technical warfare. So, on 27thand 28th of September, the Serb forces with infantry and military technical attacked from direction of Nerodime point 1 and from the direction of Dremjaku and Mollopolci point 2. Infantry forces attacked in direction of point 3 from Budakova and antenna over Jezerce. With heavy infantry combat and techniquehave attacked six points. These heavy fighting between the KLA forces and Serb, was placed until the military arsenal of forces was spent and when fighters of this zone didn’t have with what to fight.
In such a situation, headquarters of Nerodime Operational Zone, Ferizaj and Kacanik commands, decided to implement tactical withdrawal plan, which stipulated that all soldiers, from defending point to withdraw taking away the civil population, with which they will go through the barracks of forest guards, who were in the depths of the village. From there they should be moving towards Sharaniku Mountains.
September 28, 1998, was the day of development of a bloody battle, known as the Battle of Jezercit. Military forces of Zone, consisting of 400 soldiers and lightly equipped, have fought against an army of thousands of military and paramilitary forces. In these bloody fighting, the enemy suffered heavy losses of men and in military technique.

Battle of Kosharja is one of the biggest battles of the Kosovo Liberation Army and the Serbian Army.
The Albanian-Albanian border, expressed figuratively the Kosovo Liberation Army, has broken several times. Breaking Albanian-Albanian border ultimately was part of the political program of any clandestine organization after World War II, and it was part of the Kosovo Liberation Army. In spaces of that border for 87 years on a row were sown planted death are planted, was planted hatred among Albanians hostility.
From one part of the border, where hostility and death were constructed, is turned at the border of a new life, border in which still formally exist ice, which retains cooling spirits between nations. The fate of the border, ice or his warmth will depend on our determination as a people. If we choose movement and dynamic changes, for the national value of intellectuals, for autonomy and democracy, this ice will not be present in the Albanian Alps, and for aspiration of the people will be opened new perspective, deeper than that we have today. If the determination of our people will be stagnation and inertia, for the nostalgia of the past for Kosovo under Serbia, ice will melt in the north-eastern part of Kosovo and the future of aspiration will be bleak. I made this digression, in order to learn, to make human practice for replacement of enthusiasm with realism, euphoria with strategy, wishes with possible commitment.
Kosharja was part of Operation "Arrow" (Shigjeta), compiled by the KLA General Staff, the Chief of Staff, Agim Çeku, and professional staff, with the approval of political leader, Hashim Thaçi. Planning of penetration of Kosovo Liberation Army in Koshare is planned earlier, but for objective reasons, was postponed for nearly two weeks. This delay led alto that plan of action for the penetration in Koshare to became an inseparable part of operation "Arrow". Final and most serious preparations for operation were made in late March and early April of 1999, after the start of the NATO bombing on the Serbian military and police machinery in Kosovo and the political and military infrastructure of FJ in Zhablak, by including: Belgrade, Novi Sad and Podgorica, etc.. All KLA soldiers, who were in Albania, had to form a joint venture set up, later renamed the 138th Brigade, and after the fall of Agim Ramadani got its name.
Originally this formation had over 300 soldiers (200 of Popajt e Babit and over 100 of Cahani). Following the announcement of Mobilization of the Ministry of Defense of TCC, the number of soldiers reached 800 to 1,000 soldiers. Great help in technique and ammunition was provided directly by the Defense Minister Azem Syla and Gashi Xheladin that at the time was commander of the northern area in Albania. Also, special assistance was provided by garrison commander in Kukes, Gen. Kudusi Lame, thus the state and government of Albanian. After approval of Operation "Arrow" command of all troops in Albania will take Chief Operations KLA Bislim Zyrapi, commander of Operation "Arrows". Operation "Arrows” was most serious planning of KLA Headquarters and the Ministry of Defence of TCC for war insights from Koshare and Pashtriku. These fights are more serious after the announcement of general military mobilization by the Ministry of Defence and General Staff of the KLA.
Merging of Brigade 131, commanded by Rrustem Berisha and Brigade 134 in a single command, where Rrustem Berisha was appointed commander, Chief of Staff was appointed Agim Ramadani, while Salih Çekaj commander for moral and political issuers. In this brigade were included among officers and soldiers from all Albanian lands, also from other countries.
After intensive preparation and training of military strategy, the decision taken by the Ministry of Defense from which command of the brigade made a change based on the principle that: the struggle to liberate the country starts from one side of the border and ends at the other side ..., where command staff and other officers of the brigade were recommended, for offensive and removal of border between Albania and Kosovo with armed war, a decision that was made prior to the NATO attacks. This act, for which was also announced interim government of Kosovo and other instances, occurred in the early morning of 9 April 1999, in the legendary Koshare, where for nearly three months was occured one of the epic and glorious battles KLA. In this battle fell heroically in the cause of liberty 114 martyrs of the nation, were among them three foreign martyrs. The fight was tough and without interruption.
Among the tougher battles was that of April 19th, 1999, at a place called "Rrasa e Koshares" dies heroically, to never die, activist and prominent patriot of our national cause, Salih Çekaj. Towards the end of the war, the brigade has changed the "figure" from GO3 and was named "Brigade 138 Agim Ramadani".
Battle of Koshara, which is identified with the breaking of the Albanian-Albanian border and is known as a historical battle that made major turning point in the KLA fight for freedom of Kosovo.
Triumph of fighters from all territories of Kosovo, joined the Brigade 138, in the top of which was commander Agim Ramadani, made centuries wall to collapse between Kosovo and Albania. Therefore, former fighters of this battle, consider the fight against Serbian military and police forces in Koshare as a historical battle of KLA war.
Battle of Koshares was one of the strongest links in the chain of unbroken national history and as such will always be remembered among the Albanians, as the day when at the battlefront fell heroically Agim Ramadani, Salih Çekaj and many others.

At approximately 9:00 o’cloc in the morning in Zhegoci guesthouses began the clashes between Serb forces and Kosovo Liberation Army. During the clash, when the war had only just begun, was killed Pajazit Ahmeti and seriously injured Afrim Myrtaj taking serious wounds in the body. KLA units started the actions and slowly approaching to save the life of Afrimi who was seriously injured. They reach to take him and to give first aid by doctors to help the liberation war. Serb forces tend to enter in Zhegoc, but the resistance of the fighters KLA was preventing until the population was withdrawn on safe places. Although surrounded on all sides, the liberation forces had managed to prevent soldiers and Serbian paramilitaries to implement scorched earth plan and to massacre and mass kill the population. The fight was uneven, but Liberation Army had managed to make a tough battle and to weep a siege. Sometime towards the evening a part of soldiers from iron fencing had managed to emerge in direction of Mareci.
Battle of Zhegoc although was of the size large and as consequence had eight killed soldiers of KLA Pajazit Ahmeti, Alban Ajeti, Hanumshahe Abdullahu, Tefik Zymberi, Sahit Baftiu, Shahin Baftiu, Kastriot Baftiu, and Njazi Osmani and 18 civilians. And also in Sllovi 49civilian, signalled that KLA fighters know and can defend territories of Kosovo and left a large number of Serb soldiers killed in the mountains and fields of Zhegoci.
Viewed from the angle of assessment and military level of the Kosovo Liberation Army respectively Operative Zone of Karadak and those Serbian, differences were large in terms of military and armament technique. But estimated by the organization and mobilization of the KLA forces in the moment the beginning of this battle even surrounded on all sides undoubtedly we come to a logical conclusion that: Liberation Army fighters of this area with their will to be free; being confident in the certain victory; knowing the environment in which they lived and acted, have managed with unequal forces to turn battle into a battle where the strongly are protected the values and national dignity.
Battle of Zhegoci warned this area and all the people of this area that the size of this war may not have desirable effects if we fail to become one at Kosovo Liberation Army. April 15th of 1999, glorious or Epopee of Zhegoci battle was part of the heroic struggle made by Operative Zone of Karadak of the Kosovo Liberation Army.

On November 25th, 1997 numerous Serbian police forces attacked the village Vojnik after the resistance of KLA warriors, Serb forces have withdrawn. However, the next day, namely on November 26th 1997, the Serbian military and police forces take another action oriented in two directions to enter in Vojnik. Frontal battle will take place between the KLA and Serbian forces in Rezallë e Re, which was led by KLA commander Adem Jashari. These fights were made throughout the day and were very tough, because Serbian forces in this action used perfect military machinery even helicopters to defeat KLA fighters. However, KLA fighters were well organized and used military strategy and tactics, attacking Serbian forces with professionalism and forced them to withdraw. On this occasion, it should be noted that the loss of Serbian forces in this battle, has made the enemy to change tactics in dealing with the KLA fighter. Serbian police after the suffered loss in this battle, during withdrawal in revenge attacks the school of Llausha and has killed school teacher Halit Geci. Teacher Halit Geci will be buried on the 28 November 1997, marking the Flag Day, our national holiday, On this day, Kosovo Liberation Army will find reason to appear in piublic, thus opening the brighter, more glorious and proud era, the Era of Kosovo Liberation Army. Battle of Rezala and public emergence of the KLA, as two components will mark the turning point in the history of the Kosova.

After the Battle of Jashari and KLA Epopee in legendary Prekaz, it was a turn for Haradinaj to be attacked by Serbian police forces. Before dawn on 24th of March 1998, secretly hundreds of Serb armed forces began to march through the villages towards the north-west. Serbs formed a ring fence around Gllogjan. Target of the attack was the Haradinaj family, which was at home. The attack began a few hours later, while police forces were observed movements of Haradinaj family. The attack has begun on Daut, while was returning to home, a police car came from the village and tried to catch, but the reaction of Daut began with military resistance. Two policemen came out from vehicle and opened fire in his direction. Now, other Serb forces have rapidly attacked with military vehicles. After a while, a Serbian special force managed to enter inside the yard of Haradinaj. After counter attack with hand grenades this special force was pulled. Thus, the battle has become even more severe when Serb helicopters were engaged to observe the sky but without attacks.KLA soldiers had already taken their positions and began to attack Serbian forces from many sides. Then, Serb forces start to attack from helicopter, which fired two bursts with explosives that exploded on the ground.The village was engulfed in smoke and blurred. Serbs who remained wanted to withdraw but did not have the courage. They asked for reinforcements, but none of them came.Thus, KLA soldiers seeing this condition opened dense fire on the Serbs. Thereof, the battle of Gllogjan continued all day long.
Battle of Gllogjan was first frontal battle in Dukagjin, which took place on 24th of March 1998, where Serb forces suffered heavy defeat, although were used numerous infantry force and the whole war machinery.The resistanceof the Kosovo Liberation Army, on 24th of March 1998 in Gllogjan led by exemplary commander Ramush Haradinaj, entered triumphantly into history and written by delicate blood of freedom fighters. On this marked day, fate to fall for freedom of the country has had martyr Gazmend Mehmetaj together with his cousin Agron and comrade Hime Haradinaj.
Serb forces, surprised by the strong resistance of freedom fighters had captured some Gllogjan villagers, but also students of the primary school "Hasan  Prishtina" using in this way "living wall" for movement. Gazmendi, Hima of Agron, had come up at certain points, where they will meet with other comrades to receive instructions to continue resistance. They did not meet with Shkëlzen Haradinaj who had earlier come to the meeting point. Upon hearing for students’ occupation, the three of them went towards the students, but the faced with Serb forces and Serb snipers have firing from helicopter. They even though very young age, were falling for the freedom of their people, were falling to protect Albanian school to protect students – the future of the country.
Thus, the Serbian military and police forces withdrew from Gllogjaniwith huge loss with killed and damage of the military technique. Gllogjan and Haradinaj family became an important base of the KLA, which was attacked and two other times later, but was never defeated.
Therefor Battle of March 24, 1998, marks the beginning of the frontal war in Dukagjini valley and is known as Dukagjini Epopee.