January 27th 2010 04:34:02 AM
Macedonian-American Soldier Killed in Action in Afghanistan; Albanians in North America Arrested Selling Afghan HeroinPosted by Julia Gorin
UPDATE: Donevski received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
Hero Robert Donevski was the son of a cousin of a Serbian source named Danny, who sent me the following story:
The Defense Department says a 19-year-old soldier from Sun City has been killed in Afghanistan.
Robert Donevski died Saturday of gunshot wounds he suffered when a small band of Taliban insurgents ambushed his unit in Abad, his father said Wednesday.
Ganko Donevski, a Vietnam veteran, said his son died defending other members of his unit and will receive the Bronze Star.
He said Robert always longed to serve in the military like his father and vowed to enlist after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
“He said, ‘Daddy, I’ll make them pay for this 9-11,’ ” Ganko Donevski remembers.
He said [his] son had recently been promoted to the rank of sergeant.
Donevski was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.
He joined the Army in July 2008 and was deployed to Afghanistan in June 2009. He was based in Fort Carson, Colo. and is the 39th soldier from Fort Carson to be killed in Afghanistan. An additional 255 have been killed in Iraq, the Army said.
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Toronto detectives arrested a reputed Albanian mobster wanted in New Jersey for peddling everything from stolen loot to heroin.
While Myfit “Mike” Dika, 45, was arrested Monday without incident on The Queensway, a co-accused wanted by the FBI in Newark, N.J., Kujitim “Timmy” Lika, also 45, remained at large and possibly living in Canada.
A third suspect, Gazmir Gjoka, 56, was arrested in Albania last November.
Det.-Const. Bob Grewal of the Toronto fugitive squad said the unit has been “working the case” since last August.
During a sweep last year in the U.S., FBI agents arrested 17 of 26 suspects in the Albanian mob ring. U.S. media reports about the sweep indicated FBI undercover agents were in Toronto allegedly buying drugs from the group.
The trio of alleged mobsters fled the U.S. after the FBI shut down Project Black Eagle, named after the double-headed eagle on the Albanian flag in March 2009.
The investigation focused on money laundering, drug and firearms trafficking and stolen property.
Police seized heroin, Oxycodone and Ecstasy in the sweep.
The FBI alleged Dika and Lika are prominent members of the loosely knit organization that linked Europe and North America. Police were reluctant to call the men leaders because Albania organized crime groups don’t have a hierarchy that’s similar to traditional crime groups.
They’re accused of planning to ship about 100 kilograms of heroin to the U.S.
The FBI reported they also have surveillance video of Lika and Dika selling 1.5 kilograms of what’s believed to be Afghan heroin to an undercover agent. They also showed the agent how to cut the drug to maximize profits on the streets.
The group intended on smuggling the shipment by sea with furniture originating in either Albania or the Republic of Macedonia, the FBI said in a release last year. A spokesman from the Newark FBI office refused to comment.