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Iraq envoy to UN: Islamic State might be harvesting organs

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 Iraq's ambassador to the United Nations has asked the U.N. Security Council to look at allegations that the Islamic State group is using organ harvesting as a way to finance its operations.

   Ambassador Mohamed Alhakim told reporters Tuesday that in the past few weeks, bodies with surgical incisions and missing kidneys or other body parts have been found in shallow mass graves.

   He says a dozen doctors have been "executed" in Mosul for refusing to participate in organ harvesting.

   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 told the council that 790 people were killed in January alone by terrorism and armed conflict.

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