ISIS supports the harvesting of human organs from living captives to save Muslims’ lives — even if it costs the captives’ lives, according to a document obtained by US special forces.
The terror group’s Islamic scholars sanctioned the practice in a ruling that raises concerns that the extremists may be trafficking in body parts, Reuters reported.
The news agency could not independently confirm the authenticity of the Jan. 31, 2015, document, which US officials said was among items retrieved by the troops in a raid in eastern Syria in May.
“The apostate’s life and organs don’t have to be respected and may be taken with impunity,” reads the document, which is in the form of a fatwa, or religious ruling, from the ISIS’ Research and Fatwa Committee.
“Organs that end the captive’s life if removed: The removal of that type is also not prohibited,” Fatwa Number 68 says, according to a US government translation.
The document does not provide proof that the extremists actually engage in organ harvesting or trafficking, but it does sanction the activity under ISIS’ radical interpretation of Islam, Reuters reported.
The document also does not define “apostate,” though ISIS has killed or imprisoned non-Muslims and Muslims who don’t follow the group’s extremist views.
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