Battle of Kosharja
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.