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Bulgarian Patriarch Maxim (C) blesses the Bulgarian army guards of honor during a military ceremony marking Army Day in Sofia, January 6, 2003. The small Balkan state is struggling to restore pre-communist army traditions after the invitation for NATO membership. REUTERS/Oleg Popov

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Bulgarian Patriarch Maxim (C) blesses the Bulgarian army guards of honor during a military ceremony marking Army Day in Sofia, January 6, 2003. The small Balkan state is struggling to restore pre-communist army traditions after the invitation for NATO membership. REUTERS/Oleg Popov REUTERS

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11, April-2002. MILITARY ACADEMY - ANNIVERSARY. The Georgi Rakovski Military Academy marks its 90th anniversary. Observances started with the handing of new colours by President Georgi Purvanov, who is also Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Bulgarian army. BTA photo by Anelia Nikolova

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Masked members of the special Macedonia police unit 'Lions' blocking the road near Stenkovec, 6 kms (4 miles) north of Macedonia's capital Skopje, speak to government police Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2003. Several hundreds members of the special police unit, who once fought Albanian rebels, blocked the road linking the capital with the Macedonia-Kosovo border, demanding the government immediately pay their wages and guarantee their jobs. After the Albanian insurgency ended with a westernbrokered peace-deal in August 2001, international officials demanded the unit be disbanded. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

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A policeman talks to the members of the disbanded Macedonian special police unit 'Lions', who have kept their weapons, as they manned a blockade on the main road connecting Macedonia to Kosovo, January 22, 2003. Armed with weapons such as machine guns and rocket launchers, the angry reservists of the controversial Macedonian security unit, stopped traffic on Wednesday on the road linking the capital Skopje with the Yugoslav province of Kosovo to the north, in protest at what they said were plans to dissolve it. The Lions were set up to fight ethnic Albanian guerrillas during an insurgency in 2001. REUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski

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Members of the special Macedonia police unit Lions, blocking the road near Stenkovec, 6 kms (4 miles) north of Macedonia's capital Skopje, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2003, stand in front of riot police. Several hundreds members of the special police unit, who once fought Albanian rebels, blocked the road linking the capital with the Macedonia-Kosovo border, demanding the government immediately pay their wages and guarantee their jobs. After the Albanian insurgency ended with a western brokered peace-dealin August 2001, international officials demanded the unit be disbanded. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

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Members of the special Macedonia police unit 'Lions' stand in front of a truck, blocking the road near Stenkovec, 6 kms (4 miles) north of Macedonia's capital Skopje, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2003. Several hundreds members of the special police unit, who once fought Albanian rebels, blocked the road linking the capital with the Macedonia-Kosovo border, demanding the government immediately pay their wages and guarantee their jobs. After the Albanian insurgency ended with a western brokered peace-deal in August 2001, international officials demanded the unit be disbanded. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

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The sacred for the Shiite Muslims town of Karbala, was passed to Bulgarian hands, after Col. Matthew Lopez - Chief Commander of the US military forces handed over the power to Col. Petko Marinov. Bulgarian and US troopers guarded the city-hall during the official ceremony. Photo AFP

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Bulgarian soldiers prepare to board an aircraft for Iraq at Krumovo airfield, some 150 kilometers (93 miles) east of Sofia, Aug. 11, 2003. Bulgarian peacekeepers in Iraq are armed with pistols, automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades, but their secret weapon is a booklet they carry on patrol. (AP Photo)

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Bulgarian soldiers prepare their equipment at Krumovo airfield, some 150 kilometers (93 miles) east of Sofia,before departing for iraq Aug. 11, 2003. (AP Photo)

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A Bulgarian soldier checks an Iraqi pickup truck near the Imam Hussein shrine in the holy city of Kerbala October 14, 2003. Rival Shi'ite Muslims fought in the Iraqi city of Kerbala late on Monday leaving at least one dead in the first armed clashes between Shi'ite groups since the U.S.-led war which ousted Saddam Hussein, witnesses said. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi

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