01:17 GMT17 January 2021
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    The Islamic State terror group plans to send over a dozen fighters testing positive for HIV on suicide attack missions, Kurdish Syrian news site ARA News has reported.

    The news agency cited a doctor in a hospital in the city of al-Mayadeen in Syria's eastern province of Deir el-Zour, who told the agency that 16 mostly foreign fighters are presently in quarantine in a local hospital.

    "Most of the infected are foreign militants who had sexual intercourse with two Moroccan women. The women passed the disease on to the militants before their infection was revealed," a doctor speaking to ARA News revealed, speaking on condition of anonymity. 

    The doctor noted that his staff has been ordered by the panicked local ISIL leadership "to transfer the infected militants to a quarantine center in the city," adding that the two Moroccan women suspected of transferring the infection escaped to Turkey, "for fear of execution" by the terror group.

    A civil rights activist in al-Mayadeen told the news agency that the "Islamic State's leadership is planning to assign militants who are tested positive for AIDS on suicide attacks."

    The terror group has been reported to send even healthy fighters on suicide missions, particularly in its campaign against Kurdish People's Protection Units in al-Raqqah and Kobani in northern Syria.

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    The news follows on reports coming out of northeastern Syria's Hasakah province earlier this year about an Indonesian militant who was reported to have passed his full-blown AIDS infection on to his Yezidi teenage sex slave, who was later sold to other members of the extremist group and raped. The militant was also reported to have donated his blood to an IS-run hospital. He was executed earlier this summer, together with a Saudi doctor who revealed the information, and ISIL leadership in the area has since been conducting HIV testing for its militants.

    The Islamic State terror group presently controls large swathes of Syrian and Iraqi territory. ISIL positions are presently being targeted by airstrikes conducted by a US-led coalition, while the Syrian Arab Army, Iraqi, and Kurdish forces fight the militants on the ground.

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    Daesh, suicide attack, terror group, militants, testing, infection, HIV/AIDs, Syria
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