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Islamic State Group: Document Shows Militant Group Sanctions Harvesting of Human Organs, Report Says

Islamic State Group: Document Shows Militant Group Sanctions Harvesting of Human Organs, Report Says:

Islamic State has sanctioned the harvest of human organs in a previously undisclosed opinion by the Islamic scholars of the group, raising worries the violent extremist group may be trafficking in body parts.

The opinion, featured in a January 31, 2015 record reviewed by Reuters, says requiring organs from a living prisoner to save the life of a Muslim, even if it’s lethal for the prisoner, is not impermissible.

For a U.S. government translation of the file, click here

Reuters could not independently verify the authenticity of the file.

“Organs that stop the prisoner’s life if removed: The removal of that kind is also not prohibited,” Fatwa Amount 68 says, based on a U.S. government translation.

The record doesn’t provide any evidence that Islamic State truly participates in organ trafficking or organ harvesting. Formerly, Iraq has accused Islamic State of trafficking them for gain and harvest human organs.

The record doesn’t define “apostate,” though the Islamic State has killed or imprisoned non-Muslims, like Christians, and Shiite Muslims, along with Sunni Muslims who do not follow its extremist viewpoints.


U.S. officials say the records that were confiscated have given the U.S. government a strong look into how Islamic State arranges, raises capital and codifies laws for its followers.

Abu Sayyaf was a Tunisian militant whose actual name was Fathi ben Awn ben Jildi Murad al-Tunisi.

U.S. officials have previously described the Abu Sayyaf raid and some of the documentation confiscated. But until now, not one of the real records are released – aside from contents exemplifying the trafficking of Islamic State in antiquities at an event in September at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The group of files reviewed by entitled “Lessons Learned From the Abu Sayyaf Raid” – demonstrate how the Islamic State has provided a legal reason to its followers for a variety of practices.

For example, “Fatwa Amount 64” dated January 29, 2015, supplies comprehensive rules for rape, prescribing when Islamic State guys can and cannot have sexual intercourse with female slaves.

The fatwa sanctioning organ picking warrants the practice in part by drawing on an analogy to cannibalism in extreme conditions, a practice it says before Islamic scholars had permitted. “A group of Islamic scholars have allowed, if needed, one to kill the apostate to be able to eat his flesh, which is part of profiting from his body,” it says.

McGurk said Islamic State’s Research and Fatwa Committee reports to the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.


The record provides “a spiritual reason for using the organs of what it is that they call infidels,” he said.

William McCants, a Brookings Institution scholar who’s writer of the novel “The ISIS Apocalypse,” said the group’s opinion on slavery and individual organs do not symbolize modern Islamic interpretations.

In February, Alhakim, had encouraged the U.N. Security Council to investigate the deaths of 12 physicians in the Islamic State-held city of Mosul. Alhakim said the physicians were killed after refusing to remove organs.

The U.N. special envoy for Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov, said at the time that he couldn’t support the claim, but it’d be inquired. The U.N. hasn’t supplied an update on that investigation, which Alhakim said he’d request the Security Council to revisit.

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