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A memorial academy was held on the 19th anniversary of the Glorious Battle of Loxha

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Peja, July 6, 2017

Under the patronage of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo, Isa Mustafa, was held the Memorial Academy on the occasion of the nineteenth anniversary of the Glorious Battle of Loxha, the Fall of the Freedom Fighters, Rrustem Bruqi, Lumni Surdulli, Enver Alaj, as well as commemoration for Commander of the III Operational Zone of Dukagjini , Col. Tahir Zemajn.

Present at this event were senior leaders of the institutions, ministers, deputies, family members and co-fighters of Heroes Rrustem Bruqi, Lumni Surdulli, Enver Alaj and Col. Tahir Zemaj.

On behalf of the institutions of the Republic of Kosovo, to the attendees, the mayor of Peja, Gazmend Muhaxheri, spoke about the glorious war of Loxha Battle, noting that the Battle of Loxha is distinguished for military organization and cooperation with residents of Loxha and surrounding villages, so today, this battle is remembered in its full splendour.

Mayor Muhaxheri, among other things, said that the Battle of Loxha is synonymous with a victory achieved by the excellent co-ordination of the strategy of military commanders and their soldiers. "Unfortunately, great deeds often become fatal for their authors. Early termination of Colonel Tahir Zemaj is absurd end that could have a saviour like him, a Hero of Kosovo. Strategist of the victory at the Battle of Loxha was killed at the time of freedom, in a classic ambush, which had been organized by enemies of Kosovo, in early January 2003. Along with Tahir, his son, Enis, and their cousin, also very young, the devout activist Hasan Zemaj, were killed. For his extraordinary merits for the country's freedom and independence, as well as for the building of Kosovo's institutions, the President of the Republic of Kosovo decorated in July 2010 Colonel Tahir Zemaj with the Order of "Hero of Kosovo", said Mayor Muhaxheri.

Speaking on behalf of comrades, Faruk Xhemajli, leader of the Battle of Loxha, also career officer, wounded of this battle, talked about the glorious war of Commander Tahir Zemaj and soldiers of the Battle of Loxha, as one of the first front battles won against Serbian forces within Kosovo's territory.

"Today, I have in front of my eyes the killed comrades and those injured in this battle, but also our commander killed after the war in Kosovo, Col. Tahir Zemaj. We are deeply reminded of Rrustem Bruqin, Lumni Surdulli and Enver Alaj, the wounded comrades, the efforts of all the superiors and brave fighters of Brigade 134 ", Xhemajli said.

He said that the Battle of Loxha, is a pride, is a glorious event that will enter history with all its grandeur. "Those who died in this battle have entered the nation's altar to never die," Xhemajli said, pointing out that the KLA is an honour of the Albanian nation, while Brigades 134, 133, 131 will remain the permanent pride of KLA.

On behalf of the families of martyrs, participants attending welcomed, Dr Sylë Bruqi, expressing pride in the activity of soldiers and other fallen in the glorious war of the Battle of Loxha.

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