- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 22, 2006

On Thursday, Iraq’s top academy for army officers graduated its first cohort of officers since the Saddam Hussein era.

The Iraqi Military Academy at Rustamiyah — built in 1924 by colonial British authorities and modeled after the Sandhurst school — graduated 73 officers in a ceremony at its campus southeast of Baghdad.

CNN’s Terence Burke, on hand for the ceremony, heard a graduate tell him: “I am proud of myself and my friends. We are very happy. I am serving because I love Iraq and Iraq is my country.” Another graduate said: “It is my duty to fight and to be in a warzone; to defeat the terrorists who are inside Iraq.”

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