Rahim Beqiri

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Rahim Beqiri
Nickname(s) Komandant Roki
Born (1957-01-01)1 January 1957
Kopernica, SAP Kosovo, Yugoslavia (now Kosovo)
Died 1 August 2001(2001-08-01) (aged 44)
Pristina, UNMIK (UN Kosovo)
Allegiance
Years of service 1998–2001
Rank Commander
Unit 112 Brigade (NLA, Macedonia)
Commands held Marec Operative Zone (KLA, Kosovo)
Tetovo area (NLA, Macedonia)
Wars and battles

Kosovo War (1998–99)
Preševo Valley Conflict (1999–2001)
Macedonian Conflict (2001)

Rahim Beqiri (Albanian: Rahim Beqiri; Macedonian: Рахим Беќири), (1 January 1957 – 1 August 2001), or better known as Komandant Roki, was an army commander in the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) during the Kosovo War of the late 1990s. He was born in Kopernica, Yugoslavia, located in modern-day Republic of Kosovo.

At the start of the War in Kosovo, he joined the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) in the role of a commander of the Marec operative zone. Afterwards he joined the UÇPMB, and after the beginning of the Macedonian Conflict in 2001 he joined the NLA and infiltrates the Kosovo-Macedonian border, where he started attacking the Macedonian security forces. He was one of the commanders of the 112 Brigade of the NLA, which is active in the Tetovo area. He was wounded by the Macedonian security forces a clash at the Drenovec suburb, during the Second Battle for Tetovo. He was immediately transferred to the hospital in Poroj, and then in the Prishtina hospital, where he died on 1 August 2001.[1]

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  1. ^ "UÇK. Message and hope. Part II" by Petrit Menaj. Open Society Institute, Macedonia. Skopje. 2008 [1]