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Roland Bartetzko (born 1970 in Würselen) is a former German soldier that volunteered for the Bosnian Croat side (the HVO) in the Bosnian War (1992–95) and the ethnic Albanian (the KLA) in the Kosovo War (1998–99).[1][2] In May 2002 he was found guilty and convicted of murder, attempted murder and terrorism relating to an April 2001 bomb attack targeting Serbs in Pristina that left one dead and four injured.[3] A vehicle packed with explosives was detonated using an urban command wire in the center of Pristina.[4] He currently lives in Kosovo, where he is known as Shaban, and works as a lawyer. He writes articles on military affairs. He is married to an Albanian woman.[5]


  • The Smell of War: Lessons from the Battlefield (Amazon Digital Services LLC - Kdp Print Us, 2018) ISBN 9789951562355.


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