London, SANA – The terrorist organization of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has turned its hand to human organ trafficking to fund its terror activities across the Middle East, Daily Mail newspaper said.
Mathew Blake wrote in an article published yesterday on the British newspaper’s website that ISIS has added human organ trade to “‘a variety of shadowy sources including oil production, human trafficking and drug smuggling,” which it has been depending on to raise money to carry out their attacks and seize areas, particularly in Syria and Iraq.
The writer highlighted that ISIS has been “recruiting foreign doctors for months to harvest the internal organs not only from the bodies of their own dead fighters but also from living hostages – including children – snatched from minority communities in Iraq and Syria.”
The Daily Mail article referred to a report by al-Monitor news website which cited an Iraqi ear, nose and throat doctor named Siruwan al-Mosuli as saying that ISIS leaders have hired foreign doctors to run an extensive organ trafficking system from a hospital in the city of Mosul, northern Iraq, that is already beginning to generate huge profits.
It added that the terrorist organization is believed to having even set up “a specialist organ- smuggling division whose sole responsibility is to sell human hearts, livers and kidneys on the lucrative international black market.”
In further evidence of the Turkish and Saudi regimes’ involvement in the crimes committed by ISIS through the unlimited support they have offered the organization in terms of money, armament, training and movement, the article noted that most of the organs harvested are being smuggled out of Syria and Iraq into neighboring countries like Saudi Arabia or Turkey “where criminal gangs sell them on to shady buyers across the globe,” citing the Assyrian International News Agency.
The Daily Mail also referred to drug smuggling is one of ISIS most lucrative revenue streams another, citing Al Monitor’s report as saying that ISIS traffics Afghan heroin into Europe from the city of Nineveh, with this drug business becoming so successful in recent months that reports claim that ISIS now supplies half of Europe’s entire heroin market.