ISIS fighters have been forced to turn to organ harvesting to make up for lost revenue caused by U.S.-coalition airstrikes, according to Al-Sumaria News. The Middle Eastern News agency has reported that ISIS has lost control of several oil fields that the terrorist organization relied on for their primary source of income. Crude oil sales on the black market reportedly make up 80% of the terrorist group’s total income. Losing these fields creates a major financial burden for the group.
Sputnik News states that inside sources have revealed that ISIS is stealing organs from deceased civilians and even fellow ISIS fighters in the Nineveh province of Iraq. The source told Sputnik News:
“A medical unit belonging to the ISIS [Daesh] stole human organs, including kidneys and other organs, from 85 militants in Nineveh hospitals, and transferred them to other hospital in the outskirt of the city, Dozens of human organs were stolen from civilians and bodies that were transferred to the forensic medicine department.”
Reports claim that ISIS is using mediators to transport the stolen organs to black markets in Syria. In 2015 a fatwa, or religious ruling, was announced that stated organs could be removed from captives in order to save Muslims’ life. In December 2015 the Iraqi ambassador to the United Nations, Mohamed Alhakim, claimed that 12 doctors in Mosul were killed for refusing to participate in the illegal organ trade.