Agim Ramadani

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Agim Ramadani
Born Zhegra, Gjilan, SFR Yugoslavia
Rank Commander
Unit Brigade 138 "Agim Ramadani"
Commands held UCK KLA.pngKosovo Liberation Army
Battles/wars Kosovo war
Battle of Košare

Agim Ramadani (3 May 1964 - April 1999) was an Albanian leader of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), best known for his support in the Battle of Košare.

Biography[edit]

Agim Ramadani[a] was born in the village of Zhegra in the municipality of Gjilan in SFR Yugoslavia - now Kosovo[b]. He was considered one of the best students in his country,[citation needed] and visited the high technical school in Gnjilane in 1980, and the Military Academy for communications in the Zagreb, SR Croatia.

Monument of Agim Ramadani

Poetry and painting were his passions during his high school. His poetry was published in literary magazines, whereas painting exhibitions were organized in Croatia, where he worked as a military, and in Switzerland, where lived as a political immigrant after the beginning of the war. In 1998 Ramadani accepted honorary membership at the European Academy of Arts.[citation needed]

Although he was an immigrant in Switzerland, in 1998 Agim Ramadani responded to the call of his homeland, Kosovo, and joined the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), leaving three children and wife in Switzerland.[citation needed]

He was during the Kosovo War a top strategist and leader. Ramadani was known by the name-conspiratorial Katana. Kudusi Lama,General of Albanian Army has rated Ramadani as the best officer for radiobug. According to Lama, he had knowledge for all the movements of enemy in the territory of Košare.[citation needed] This allowed his brigade to take sudden attacks, causing big losses for Serbian troops.The Department of Brigade "138" have two special units: The "Cobra" Special Unit that was tasked with observing enemy movements and "Delta" special unit which was involved in startling attacks. Also in this brigade they have create military police who were under command of captain Kujtim Vranovci.In action coded Phoenix 30.09.1998 he and his soldiers destroyed paramilitary unit of serbs called "Zhalka". Arms and uniforms of members of this unit are presented to supreme commander Rustem Berisha.It was one of the drafters of the plan for breaking border, which also made together with Sali Ceku. He was the first one to take down the boundary stone in Košare. After breaking border, on the part of Kosovo, called Zog, he was killed in battle. [1]

Agim is considered as one of the most famous heroes of the new Albanian history.[2] Agim Ramadani have left behind two sons, Jeton and Edon, and his daughter Laurina.[citation needed]

Trivia[edit]

  • A main street in Pristina is named after Agim Ramadani.[3]

Notes[edit]

a.   ^ Albanian spelling: Agim Ramadani, Serbo-Croat Cyrillic spelling: Агим Рамадани.
b.   ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Kosovo. The latter declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. Kosovo's independence has been recognised by 107 out of 193 United Nations member states.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Udovicki, Jasminka (2000). Burn This House: The Making and Unmaking of Yugoslavia 1. Duke University Press. p. 386. ISBN 9780822380917. 
  2. ^ The exhibit of a hero, Berisha: Agim Ramadani, an eminent patriot, AS TV, November 14, 2012, retrieved 9.11.13 
  3. ^ Të premten mbyllet pjesërisht për qarkullim rruga "Agim Ramadani" ["Agim Ramadani" street will be partly closed for circulation on Friday] (in Albanian), Municipality of Prishtina, 2013-09-25, retrieved 7.10.13