Amid reports that the Islamic State has issued a horrific new fatwa - or decree - calling for the murder of all children with Down Syndrome and other disabilities, GOP presidential hopeful Ben Carson has called for Congress to issue a formal declaration of war on the terrorist group.
According to the Iraqi activist blog Mosul Eye, since Sharia judges ruled that ISIS followers are authorized to kill infants with congenital deformities, militants have killed at least 38 children between one week and three months old by lethal injection or suffocation.
The shocking killings, which were ordered by a Saudi sharia judge named Abu Said Aljazrawi, reportedly took place in ISIS strongholds in Syria and Mosul, Iraq - both of which were seized by ISIS last summer, the New York Post reports.
Mosul Eye, which has been called "one of most accurate chronicles of life under Islamic State rule," also reports that most of the children born with Down Syndrome have been the offspring of foreign fighters who married Iraqi, Syrian and Asian women.
"We recorded more than 38 confirmed cases of killing babies with congenital deformities and Down's Syndrome, aged between one week to three months. They were killed by either lethal injection or suffocation," they said.
"As if it is not enough for ISIL to kill men, women and the elderly, and now, they kill children."
Breitbart notes that the horrific killings reflect Hitler's infamous "Aktion T4" program, a "racial hygiene" plan that forced "euthanasia" on over 200,000 babies and adults with various handicaps and illnesses.
In light of these shocking revelations, GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson on Tuesday morning issued a seven-point plan to defeat ISIS-- which he calls "Seven Steps to a Safer America" -- calling for Congress to issue a formal declaration of war on the terrorist group.
"Our country faces grave national security threats," the retired neurosurgeon said in a statement. "We must act boldly and decisively to protect American citizens from terrorists at home and abroad.
"We can no longer dawdle while ISIS continues to persecute Christians, enslave young girls, oppress civil societies and perpetrate terrorist attacks against the free world. We must destroy their caliphate and prevent their terrorists from infiltrating our homeland."
Meanwhile, President Barack Obama has assured the American public that the U.S. military and its allies are "squeezing the heart" of ISIS and vowed continued destruction of terror targets.
"We are hitting [ISIS] harder than ever," Obama told reporters on Monday. "As we squeeze its heart, we'll make it harder for [ISIS] to pump its terror and propaganda to the rest of the world."
The president contended that the U.S. military destroys more of IS' forces every day, including "their fighting positions, bunkers and staging areas; their heavy weapons, bomb-making factories, compounds and training camps."
"In recent weeks, we've unleashed a new wave of strikes on their lifeline, their oil infrastructure, destroying hundreds of their tanker trucks, wells and refineries. And we're going to keep on hammering those," Obama continued.
While acknowledging that "progress needs to keep coming faster," the president thanked the men and women in uniform who continue to risk their lives in military missions.