A document obtained by the U.S. army in a May raid on the Islamic State (ISIS) has revealed that the terrorist group may be harvesting human organs.
The military found the document among around seven terabytes of data found on hard drives, pen drives, CDs and DVDs, Reuters reported. Reuters noted that they could not independently confirm the document's authenticity.
It contained a number of rulings or Fatwas stipulating what actions, according to ISIS, were considered to comply with Islamic teaching.
“The apostate’s life and organs don’t have to be respected and may be taken with impunity,” a U.S. army translation of the document said, according to Reuters.
In order to save a Muslim, ISIS noted that the consequences for the victim were unimportant.
“Organs that end the captive's life if removed: The removal of that type is also not prohibited,” according to Fatwa Number 68.
Other rulings give directions on different types of behavior, including when it is deemed permissible for ISIS male members to rape female slaves.
The documents were seized as part of a raid by U.S. special forces in May, which resulted in the killing of a senior ISIS finance official, Abu Sayyaf, in eastern Syria.
The U.S. has circulated some of the documents to its allies in the international coalition against ISIS. The alliance is carrying out air strikes and other operations against the group in Syria and Iraq.
Iraq has previously accused ISIS of harvesting organs and trading them for profit. The document does not confirm that this is taking place, but it indicates that ISIS considers such practices justified.
Other documents released from the raid detailed the involvement of ISIS in the antiques trade.
One of the main sources of ISIS’s financing is the oil trade. Oil has brought in $500 million for the group thus far, according to a recent BBC report.
Adam Szubin, of the U.S. Treasury Department, noted that one of ISIS’s main buyers is the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad, even though it continues to battle the terrorist group.
Estimates suggest ISIS currently raises about $80 million per month, chiefly from oil revenues.
Click here to read the U.S. government translation of the ISIS, document, courtesy of Reuters.