called upon to support guerrilla operations, and who waited their turn for weapons to become available so they could become regular guerrillas. With the massive flow of weapons from Nicaragua and Cuba, the empha. sis was placed on regular units, and the proportion and importance of militias was ignored. At the war's peak there were around fourteen thousand regular guerrillas and perhaps six thousand militia members. However, after the armed forces forced the guerrillas to split up into smaller units, the importance of the militias rose dramatically. By 1989, the proportion of militias and regular guerrillas was almost entirely reversed, with six thousand regular guerrillas and a far greater number of militia members. 6 This reflected the increasingly important role that attrition warfare played in wearing down army units before they came in contact with regular guerrilla units.