Report: Islamic State harvesting organs from its captives for sale on black market

Report: Islamic State harvesting organs from its captives for sale on black market

Far from the JV team, the Islamic State is arguably the most cunning and ruthless terrorist organization to emerge yet. Last June, the group reportedly pulled off the most lucrative bank heist in history, extracting nearly half a billion from the coffers of a bank in Mosul.

Now comes a report that the group is engaged in a far darker practice. From Fox News:

[T]he Iraqi ambassador to the United Nations … asked the Security Council to look into allegations the militants were harvesting the organs of their executions for sale to fund their military operations.

This new claim of ISIS brutality came after an unconfirmed report late Tuesday by the police chief in the town of al-Baghdadi that dozens of people — many reportedly captured Iraqi security forces — were rounded up and burned alive. The town in western Iraq is not far from an air base housing hundreds of U.S. Marines.

Ambassador Mohamed Alhakim told reporters that in the past few weeks, bodies with surgical incisions and missing kidneys or other body parts have been found in shallow mass graves.

“We have bodies. Come and examine them,” he said. “It is clear they are missing certain parts.”

He also said a dozen doctors have been “executed” in Mosul for refusing to participate in organ harvesting.

If the assumptions are correct, the plan is as ingenious as it is grotesque. According to an NBC News investigation, the demand for human organs had far outstripped the supply, with a kidney fetching $30,000 on the black market. A report by the World Health Organization notes one human one human organ is sold illegally somewhere in the world every hour. With an unlimited supply of victims, the IS could be in hose for some time.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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