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Recruits may enroll in a four-week course that covers basic military skills, or three-month stints with extensive instruction in guerrilla warfare, according to this militant. He said “chosen graduates” are sent to the Pakistan-controlled part of Kashmir for more explosives training.

Not every graduate goes on to fight, he said.

“We don’t make just killing machines. Rather, we are trying to make them God-fearing men so that they don’t do anything wrong during jihad,” said the second militant.

The camp supplier said the training camps closed temporarily in 2005 after an earthquake that killed 80,000 people brought international attention and aid groups to the region.

A signboard hammered into the ground in Guli Badral indicates that the U.S. government once funded a medical clinic here.