British forces founded the Iraqi Military Academy at Rustamiyah in 1924 to train officers for the newly established Royal Iraqi Army, and based it on the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst, England. The first class of Iraqi officers graduated in 1927.
Camp Rustamiyah was captured by the United States during the Iraq War.
The academy was re-opened under NATO direction in 2005/6.
Rustamiyah is located six miles southeast of Sadr City in Baghdad. It is situated between a waste incineration facility and a sewage treatment plant, and is noted for its unpleasant and purportedly hazardous air quality.
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