Comprised of orphaned Afghan boys who attended Iranian religious schools, they followed orders of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar without question. They were taught to take revenge upon those who killed their parents and given military training from a very early age. Upon graduation in 1992, they formed Lashkar-e Isar and deployed south of Kabul to take the capitol. Hezb-e-Islami used these "party schools" to create an Army of Sacrifice (Lashkar-e-Isar), which numbered as many as 5,000–6,000 by 1992
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