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Iraqi Armed Forces soldiers stand at attention during their graduation ceremony from officer training at the Rustamiyah Military Academy. Having joined in the midst of Iraq's civil war last year, 232 new army and air force lieutenants graduated from the military academy. The academy, founded by the British in 1924, was destroyed and looted after the fall of Baghdad before being reopened by the US-led coalition in 2005. Rebuilding the Iraqi army has been a major challenge for coalition forces since the Coalition Provisional Authority and Bush Administration disbanded it in 2003. The total number of Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), which includes military and police, numbers almost 600,000 personnel and is expected to take control of primary combat responsibilities by mid-2009. Since early 2008, Iraq's security situation has improved with oil production increasing, record government surplus and easing sectarian tensions.