Sources from the Middle East are reporting a story about a group of HIV infected ISIS militants, who had gotten their disease as karma: they reportedly raped a group of Moroccan women who were infected with the disease.
Doctors say so far there are at least 16 fighters who had raped the Moroccan girls. Once the men had figured out that they were infected with HIV, the women managed to flee back to Morocco, fearing for their lives.
The spread of the infection reportedly has the group on world wide alert. One activist said that ISIS communicated that they will “assign suicide attacks for militants who tested positive with HIV,” as told to ARA News, reports Daily Mail.
In June, the extremist group reportedly executed an Indonesian fighter for knowingly spreading the disease. Even though the fighter knew he carried HIV before joining Islamic State group in 2013, he still passed it along to his 15-year-old Yazidi “sex slave” and donated his blood to a hospital run by the regime, ARA News reported.
Consequently, two Saudi nationals who raped the sex slave and an Egyptian who received the fighter’s blood through transfusion all contracted HIV, reports Daily Mail. More could be infected.
The Islamic State has been extensively testing its fighters in response to this recent health issue. A doctor working in a hospital in the Islamic State told an undercover journalist the group’s commanders “stressed the need to check each drop of blood transferred to Islamic State members,” according to the Daily Mail.
Many of the hospitals in the Islamic State reportedly lack staff and equipment, including the tools necessary to detect HIV/AIDS.
The virus has easily spread within the regime because many of the extremists reportedly rape other fighters’ wives or sex slaves. As activists also shared, many in the group “are drug addicts or have criminal backgrounds,” the Daily Mail documents.
Doctors around the world also fear the spread of more AIDS from this.
As ISIS fighters are known for their tactics of rape as a weapon, those who are infected unknowingly (especially considering how often medical care is actually received there) may continue to infect others.
A disease like this could spread easily in small villages.