BAGHDAD — Iraqi officials say they are aware of images circulating online showing Iraqi forces abusing suspected Islamic State militants in Mosul and that an investigation is underway.

Brig. Gen Saad Maan, spokesman for Iraq's Interior Ministry, told Pentagon reporters Thursday that "we looked and suspended a number of those forces shown in those pictures and there is currently an investigation being conducted."

He was speaking through an interpreter in a video conference.

He added that "there might be some misbehavior or inappropriate conduct by some of the forces, yes, but the investigation is going on. We are against any violation against any human being and this is the position of the government."

Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool, an Iraq military spokesman, says anyone found to have violated human rights "will be held accountable militarily and we will be really severe."

Human Rights Watch has condemned videos circulating on social media purportedly showing Iraqi forces killing and beating suspected militants.

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