News Briefs: International news


Drug cartel confesses to the mass murder of missing college students

Members of a Mexican drug cartel have confessed to killing and burning the bodies of the 43 college students who went missing on September 26th in Iguala, Mexico. According to a New York Times article, the suspects told investigators they could find the remains along a river, but due to their condition, DNA evidence was hard to obtain. The remains were sent to a lab at the University of Innsbruck in Austria that specializes in the identification of damaged remains. In a press conference, Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam indicated that the Mexican government believed that the students were attacked by corrupt police officers and turned over to the criminals to be killed.

American detainees released from North Korea

Two Americans being detained in North Korea were released and accompanied back to the United States by James Clapper, the director of national security, a Fox News article indicated. In April, Matthew Todd Miller was charged with espionage after ripping up his visa at a North Korean airport and demanding asylum in the country. He was serving a six-year jail term at the time of his release. The second detainee, Kenneth Bae, was a Korean-American missionary. He was given a 15-year sentence for allegedly preaching against the North Korean government.

“We welcome (North Korea’s) decision to release both Mr. Bae and Mr. Miller,” the U.S. intelligence office said. “We want to thank our international partners, especially our Protecting Power, the government of Sweden, for their tireless efforts to help secure their release.

US to send 1,500 troops to Iraq to help in fight against ISIS

President Obama has announced that the US will be sending 1,500 troops to Iraq to join the 1,400 US troops that are already there to aid in the fight against the rise of the Islamic State, stated a Fox News article. He also requested a 5.6 billion dollar budget for the mission. The addition of these troops will allow the U.S. to have a greater presence in more Iraq cities. The President made it clear the U.S. troops “will not be in combat.” They will be there to train and advise the Iraqi military forces near Baghdad and Irbil. Britain has also announced that they will be sending military personal to aid in training. Prime Minister David Cameron also assured the public that British troops would not take part in combat.