Just when you thought ISIS couldn’t get any worse, they’re allegedly harvesting organs now

posted at 5:21 pm on February 18, 2015 by Noah Rothman

If you invented a fictional terrorist organization as recently as two years ago that takes and holds territory, enslaves minorities and children, destroys 2,000-year-old religious shrines, burns people alive for sport, and sells civilian organs on the black market, you couldn’t have sold it to a publisher. They’d have called your personification of evil hackneyed. Life is often stranger than fiction.

While the organ harvesting allegations have been floating around the rumor mills for some time, they have never been confirmed. This claim remains disputed, but now the Iraqi ambassador to the United Nations is alleging that ISIS is killing civilians and selling their organs in order to finance terrorism.

Ambassador Mohamed Alhakim reportedly told journalists that Iraqi authorities are finding bodies with conspicuous holes cut into their backs where the kidneys would be. He added that doctors have been executed for refusing to harvest organs. “We have bodies. Come and examine them,” he said. “It is clear they are missing certain parts.”

The United Nations, however, has not seen any proof that would substantiate these allegations.

Alhakim briefed the council on the overall situation in Iraq and accused the Islamic State group of “crimes of genocide” in targeting certain ethnic groups.

The outgoing U.N. envoy to Iraq, Nikolay Mladenov, told the council that 790 people were killed in January alone by terrorism and armed conflict.

Mladenov noted the increasing number of reports and allegations that the Islamic State group is using organ harvesting as a financing method, but he said only that “it’s very clear that the tactics ISIL is using expand by the day.” He used an acronym for the group.

A report via Al-Monitor from early December also indicated that ISIS might have turned toward the harvesting of human organs as an unconventional source of funding.

That report claimed that residents in the city of Mosul reported increasing tax penalties on families who do not pay for protection or offer their sons up as fighters for the Islamic State. Moreover, the price of gasoline and coal oil in the city has skyrocketed, indicating that the export of nearly all locally produced commodities has come to characterize the Islamic State’s economy.

The third funding source was exposed by otolaryngologist Siruwan al-Mosuli. He said that lately he noticed unusual movement within medical facilities in Mosul. Arab and foreign surgeons were hired, but prohibited from mixing with local doctors. Information then leaked about organ selling. Surgeries take place within a hospital and organs are quickly transported through networks specialized in trafficking human organs. Mosuli said that the organs come from fallen fighters who were quickly transported to the hospital, injured people who were abandoned or individuals who were kidnapped.

He said that organ sales yield large profits. A specialized mafia is engaged in these operations, in addition to medical institutions working in other countries. Without coordination among these parties, such a trade cannot be sustained, he said. According to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the organization sells bodies and organs of injured people they arrest.

Given the atrocities to which ISIS militants regularly appeal in order to communicate their seriousness to the West, fund the state, or bring about the apocalypse, it is really not that difficult to imagine that Islamic State authorities would add the harvesting of organs from civilian bodies to the mix.


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Is the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria – ISIS – evil enough to do this? Absolutely. However, ‘harvesting’ a human organ is not as basic as cutting off someones hand. Or head. Taking an organ from a a human, packaging it, and transporting it to a potential buyer so that it can be successfully transplanted would seem to be an effort requiring a very sophisticated network. I question whether or not these barbarians have the physical facilities.

Jew-haters routinely make this charge against Israel, BUT, I’ve yet to see any CREDIBLE EVIDENCE that Israel is involved in this sort of activity. Could I believe this about ISIS? Certainly. But I’d need to see CREDIBLE EVIDENCE that these barbarians are doing this.

oldleprechaun on February 18, 2015 at 9:32 PM

Mohammad invented terrorist organization 1350 years ago that takes and holds territory, enslaves minorities and children, destroys 2,000-year-old religious shrines, beheads people alive for sport, and sells civilian on the slave market,

It has been sold it to a publisher. It’s called the Koran.

The personification of evil. Life is often stranger than fiction.

profitsbeard on February 18, 2015 at 9:41 PM

Jew-haters routinely make this charge against Israel…

oldleprechaun on February 18, 2015 at 9:32 PM

Yeah, but too many folks give Jews a pass simply because they are Jews. Jews have their fair share of criminals and assorted scum like any other group.

I’m still working on the “self-hating Jew” thing (you know, Jews that don’t support the Israeli state or merely dare to disagree with some of their policies). That took a lot of chutzpah to come up with that one!

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 18, 2015 at 9:52 PM

Sounds to me that isis unemployment is low and their economy is thriving. Maybe they derive satisfaction from their work and don’t need any assistance from State.

Kissmygrits on February 19, 2015 at 8:34 AM

ISIS isn’t just blokes with guns and swords; they have support from the “professional” classes also and therefore if they can find a decent surgical team and facilities within their turf then successful surgery isn’t beyond them.

Transporting the donated organs around a hot country with poor infrastructure is trivially simple: The donors — perhaps some rebellious Yazidi slaves, or some Shia heretics — will simply be walked into the operating theatre with the desired organs all fresh and functioning inside them.

The involuntary donor will die in one operating theatre, and in the adjacent theatre the recipient will be waiting.

YiZhangZhe on February 19, 2015 at 8:46 AM

An Iraqi politician wouldn’t lie about his enemies, right?

claudius on February 19, 2015 at 8:47 AM

Oh, I should add, “At this point, what difference does it make?”

claudius on February 19, 2015 at 8:53 AM

Come on, Noah. Do you really think you need proof that the Islamic State would kill people to harvest their organs? Really? This is a group of monsters that have no qualms with beheading people and burning people alive and releasing the video on the internet. What? Do you need to see them cutting out people’s hearts on TV to accept it? Here, Hillary Clinton’s phrase “a willing suspension of disbelief” is apt: The Islamic State is more than likely harvesting organs.

chrisbolts on February 19, 2015 at 9:02 AM

most likely they are eating the organs.

Mr Soames on February 19, 2015 at 9:12 AM

ISIS is about to show the world what it really means for some people to truly think that other people are inferior to them. I hope that the world is willing to learn the lesson.

dkmonroe on February 19, 2015 at 9:31 AM

its not a far stretch from forcing everyone to give blood (which they are) to doing this.
to say they are not you would need to think that no doctors or trained professionals support them, we know thats not true though.
so I think there is a very high chance they are based on the forced blood giving they do.

dmacleo on February 19, 2015 at 9:37 AM

The United Nations, however, has not seen any proof that would substantiate these allegations.

And how can one see when one willfully closes their eyes?

dominigan on February 19, 2015 at 9:38 AM

An Iraqi politician wouldn’t lie about his enemies, right?

claudius on February 19, 2015 at 8:47 AM

The UN wouldn’t close its eyes to atrocities, right?

dominigan on February 19, 2015 at 9:39 AM

Take your Babelfish out of your ear and read it again!

Walter L. Newton on February 18, 2015 at 6:22 PM

Sorry, can’t see to read with this towel over my head!

dominigan on February 19, 2015 at 9:48 AM

This is nothing new for these sub-humans. The Bosian and Albanian terrorist scum in he Balkans have been harvesting organs of kidnapped Serb and Bosnian Christians since the 90’s. Well documented evidence exists that the US knew of this and still supported the Muslim scum.

Kuffar on February 19, 2015 at 10:11 AM

Only Noah would give credence to this propaganda horse dumpling.

Younggod on February 19, 2015 at 10:28 AM

Thus liberals have nothing to fear.

WryTrvllr on February 19, 2015 at 10:50 AM

ISIS is nothing but a local gang. Not even a real army, just a large group of thugs. And yet they have so terrified you that you will abandon any pretext of civilization.

Get a grip or at least stop broadcasting what a p*ssy you are for the world to see.

Tlaloc on January 31, 2015 at 1:47 PM

Teach me how to Bucky on February 19, 2015 at 11:31 AM

Attrocity.

/smh

Midas on February 19, 2015 at 12:27 PM

Yeah, but too many folks give Jews a pass simply because they are Jews. Jews have their fair share of criminals and assorted scum like any other group.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 18, 2015 at 9:52 PM

No argument, EVERY people group has its “fair share of criminals and assorted scum”, however it takes a special kind of Evil to slaughter women, children, and POWs the way Muslims have been doing and film the butchers cheering and laughing.

And if you’ve not seen this video,

http://www.israelvideonetwork.com/the-awesome-video-that-will-make-muslim-apologists-head-explode/

may I respectfully suggest that you watch it?

oldleprechaun on February 19, 2015 at 1:21 PM

Well, harvesting organs seems like a step up from burning people alive.

I wonder how long before they invade Italy?

bitsy on February 19, 2015 at 2:31 PM

Is this the jobs program the State Department was talking about?

bitsy on February 19, 2015 at 2:34 PM

Remember when Israel denied then later had to admit to organ harvesting Palestinians?
 
Good times.
 
Genuine on February 18, 2015 at 7:40 PM

 
Just so we’re all following, you’re equating al Qaeda/ISIS with Israel, correct?
 
rogerb on February 18, 2015 at 8:01 PM

 
Genuine?

rogerb on February 20, 2015 at 6:21 AM

Islam is the only religion that is still allowed to worship using human sacrifice, and harvest souls (willing or otherwise) for Allah. Islam is really so simple I just can’t understand why NO ONE gets it! You are a slave to the will of Allah period. ISLAM: Totalitarian to the nth degree. You cannot make any distinction in Islam between the religion, the culture, the law, the politics, the ideology or the government: in theory or in practice for one simple reason, Islam itself forbids it. So any distinctions we might wish upon Islam are in fact MOOT, and actually quite silly on our part.

Pole-Cat on February 21, 2015 at 8:11 PM

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