Reuters: ‘Islamic State Sanctioned Organ Harvesting in Document taken in US Raid’

Time: 6:24 p.m. CEST

Reuters exclusively publishes previously disclosed ruling of the Islamic State group, which authenticity the news agency could not independently confirm. The document, which the agency publishes, is a translation of the information the U.S. special forces obtained during raids in eastern Syria in May. According to the translation of the document of January 31, 2015, Islamic State group “has sanctioned the harvesting of human organs.” Reuters said that this document raises “concerns that the violent extremist group may be trafficking in body parts.”

The document, which Reuters reviewed, says “taking organs from a living captive to save a Muslim’s life, even if it is fatal for the captive, is permissible.” The document says that “the apostate’s life and organs don’t have to be respected and may be taken with impunity.” This is in the form of a fatwa, or religious ruling, from the Islamic State’s Research and Fatwa Committee. As Fatwa Number 68 says, according to a U.S. government translation, “organs that end the captive’s life if removed, the removal of that type is also not prohibited.”

As Reuters writes, “the document does not offer any proof that Islamic State actually engages in organ harvesting or organ trafficking.” It gives religious sanction for doing so under their interpretation of Islam, “which is rejected by most Muslims.” Earlier, Iraq said that Islamic State group, of harvesting human organs and trafficking them for profit. One of the Fatwa is the number 64 of January 29, 2015, which “provides detailed rules for rape, prescribing when Islamic State men can and cannot have sexual intercourse with female slaves.”

Reuters explains that the U.S. government “has shared some of the documents from the Abu Sayyaf raid with allied government to increase their understanding of Islamic State in recent weeks.”

Reuters: (Reporting by Warren Strobel, Jonathan Landay and Phil Stewart; Editing by David Greising and Martin Howell)



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