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Adem Jashari

Kosovar insurgent

Died when: 42 years 99 days (507 months)
Star Sign: Sagittarius


Adem Jashari

Adem Jashari (born Fazli Jashari; 28 November 1955 – 7 March 1998) was one of the founders of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), a Kosovo Albanian separatist organization which fought for the secession of Kosovo from the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia during the 1990s.

Beginning in 1991, Jashari participated in attacks against the Serbian police before travelling to Albania to receive military training.Arrested in 1993, he was released at the behest of the Albanian Army and later returned to Kosovo, where he continued launching attacks against the Yugoslav establishment.

After several unsuccessful attempts to capture or kill him, Serbian police launched an attack against Jashari's home in Prekaz in March 1998.

The battle that followed resulted in the deaths of 57 members of Jashari's family, including that of Jashari, his wife, brother and son.

Seen as the "father of the KLA", Jashari is considered a symbol of Kosovar independence by ethnic Albanians.He was posthumously awarded with the title "Hero of Kosovo" following the disputed territory's declaration of independence in 2008.

The National Theatre in Pristina, Pristina International Airport and the Olympic Stadium Adem Jashari have been named after him.

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