Soldier Marjana Simonovska removes her helmet after an army combat training with the Scorpions special unit in Stip

 
Soldier Marjana Simonovska removes her helmet after an army combat training with the Scorpions special unit in Stip
Soldier Marjana Simonovska removes her helmet after an army combat training with the Scorpions special unit in Stip, 120 km (75 miles) east from capital Skopje May 27, 2011. Simonovska is a senior sergeant in Macedonia's army and a member of the Scorpions special unit, who spent six months this year serving in Afghanistan as part of the NATO mission. Married with two children, she was part of an operation to secure the alliance's main headquarters in Kabul together with the other 177 Macedonian soldiers serving under NATO. Macedonia, a landlocked country with population of 2 million, is a NATO candidate country, but has failed to join the alliance due to Greek objections over the country's name. Burdened by ethnic tensions, frustrations in the small Balkan country are rising over widespread poverty and the slow pace of integration in the European Union and NATO. Greek objections derailed the former Yugoslav republic's bid to join NATO in 2008, and no progress was made during a summit