There is now a report alleging that ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) is selling children from Mosul for organ harvesting. The reason behind this latest ISIS atrocity? The extremists are apparently in dire need of funding to support its defense of Mosul and what is left of its shrinking caliphate.
Iraqi News reported this week that a source in Nineveh province, Iraq, who spoke on the condition of remaining anonymous, revealed that ISIS is now engaged in the selling of small children to Turkish organ traffickers. Finances are desperately needed, according to the source, for the extremists to continue defending besieged Mosul. The source further revealed that there were as many as 30 more children awaiting Turkish buyers.
“ISIS have kidnapped dozens of children and sold them to the Turkish organ traffickers to finance their budget in Mosul. More than 30 children in the 9-12 years age group are detained by ISIS and are being readied for being trafficked to Turkey.”
Adding another atrocity to the list of many already attributed to ISIS is nothing new, nor is the accusation that the extremist militants readily deal in human and/or organ trafficking. Since the self-proclamation of the Islamic State caliphate in June 2014, rumors, allegations, and direct accusations have swirled around ISIS and its involvement in dealing with organ harvesters.
The Daily Mail reported in December 2014 that ISIS had already begun the grotesque process of not only selling organs harvested from its own dead fighters but also of its living captives. According to The Mail, the Islamic State was openly recruiting foreign doctors to assist in the harvesting. Even then, there were reports that the extremists were also harvesting the organs from living children.
The Daily Mail relayed a report by the al-Monitor news website, whose source was an Iraqi ear, nose, and throat doctor named Siruwan al-Mosuli. The doctor claimed that the harvesting operation was being run through a hospital in Mosul.
The money gained from the organ trafficking, along with finances accrued through the selling of oil and drugs, was being used to fund the ISIS military.
In its August 2015 report on sex slavery practices in the territory of the Islamic State, the Middle East Media Research Institute noted that in its monitoring of ISIS social media traffic, members not only discussed the selling and raping of captives, especially those of the Yazidi religious background, but also the selling of organs and body parts of those captives.
Just as the Islamic State had twisted religious text in order to justify its raping of captives, a document uncovered in December 2015 revealed how the extremists justified the selling of body parts and organs. According to a translation of the fatwa document (originally obtained by Reuters, then translated by the U.S. government), “Allah almighty knows best what is right and what is wrong, and there is evidence from texts and Islamic principles and laws supporting the notion that transplanting healthy organs from an apostate’s body into a Muslim body in order to save the latter’s life or replace a damaged organ with it is permissible.”
The fatwa goes on to explicitly state that harvesting organs from a non-Muslim, even if it were to cause the death of the individual, was permitted.
Allegations of atrocities committed by ISIS over the past few years seem to spring from a list inspired by gory horror movies and grotesque urban legends. As has been reported by the Inquistr, the extremists have burned people alive (including a young family with a 2-year-old child), gassed to death their own fighters (not to mention burying some alive), dipping prisoners in nitric acid, and taking a chainsaw and cutting young captives in half. The list of atrocities committed against children includes mass killings, rape, enslavement, indoctrination and coercion to fight for ISIS, using the young as human shields and suicide bombers, and having them commit bloody executions.
Lastly, there’s the atrocities of human trafficking and the harvesting of organs. As difficult as the acts might be to believe with regard to children, it must be repeated that allegations and accusations of such acts have persisted since ISIS burst onto the world scene as a presumptive state in 2014.
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