Exclusive: Islamic State sanctioned organ harvesting in document taken in U.S. raid

December 25, 2015 3:24 AM

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WASHINGTON Islamic State has sanctioned the harvesting of human organs in a previously undisclosed ruling by the group’s Islamic scholars, raising concerns that the violent extremist group may be trafficking in body parts.

The ruling, contained in a January 31, 2015 document reviewed by Reuters, says taking organs from a living captive to save a Muslim's life, even if it is fatal for the captive, is permissible.

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