Displaced Iraqis return to their homes in western Mosul on May 24, 2017, after the area was retaken by Iraqi forces during the ongoing offensive to clear it from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. / AFP / Ahmad al-Rubaye
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Iraq's interior minister Wednesday ordered an investigation into allegations that members of the security forces had tortured, killed and abused civilians in the campaign to oust Daesh (ISIS) militants from Mosul.The inquiry was in response to a report by the German newsmagazine Der Spiegel last week that included images of apparent torture taken by a freelance photographer embedded with the Interior Ministry's elite Emergency Response Division.The ERD is one of several government security forces backed by a U.S.-led coalition that have dislodged Daesh from all but a pocket of territory in the western half of Mosul in seven months of fighting.
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