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Al-Baghdadi informant was inside compound at time of raid, Kurdish general tells Fox News

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The U.S. raid that killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was months in the making and involved significant intelligence from Kurdish allies in Syria – including a rare informant at the heart of ISIS who was in the compound at the time of the raid, Fox News has learned.

Gen. Mazloum Abdi, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) commander, told Fox News how they tracked al-Baghdadi after the caliphate fell.

The general said the informant “told us that he moved west to Idlib, and to a specific house. We told American intelligence on May 15, and together set up a secret cell, which had three Americans in it.”

The SDF informant told them about the tunnels under the compound, how many people were with al-Baghdadi, and that he was planning to move, having been at that location for months. That’s when the U.S. carried out the attack at the compound Saturday, and brought out the informant safely.

Informants within ISIS are extremely rare. To have one so close to the leader is unheard of, and a remarkable achievement for Kurdish forces.

Mazloum said the raid could not have been possible without Kurdish intelligence.

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He also talked about the aftermath of President Trump’s recent decision to pull troops from northeastern Syria — a move critics say left Kurds who’d faithfully helped the U.S. contain ISIS vulnerable to a Turkish invasion.

“After the Americans pulled out, the Turks invaded, and we had no choice but to do a deal with the Syrian government and Russians. They were able to protect us. So, the Syrians moved to the border in place of the Americans.”

Fox News saw this, along with numerous cease-fire violations at the northern Syria front on Sunday. Syrian government forces took up their positions right opposite Turkish forces, which were just over half a mile away.

The Kurds said in the long run, they just couldn’t push back the Turkish Army themselves.

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Gun battles raged, and Turkish drone strikes and gunfire were regularly observed.

Mazloum also opened up about the future in Syria, saying it wasn’t too late for the U.S. to come back and protect the Kurds. “Our relationship with President Trump depends on him fulfilling his promise of protecting us.”

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Arrests made after American lawyer serving as Micronesia’s assistant AG shot dead returning home from run

Several suspects have reportedly been arrested in connection with the killing of an American working in the Pacific nation of Micronesia who was shot and killed earlier this month after coming home from a run.

Rachelle Bergeron, 33, originally from Wisconsin, was killed Oct. 14 after she pulled her vehicle into her driveway. Someone reportedly fired three shots, killing both Bergeron and her dog.

Yap Governor Henry S. Falan announced Monday that arrests have been made in connection with Bergeron’s killing, but did not release specifics, such as the number of suspects in custody or the names of those arrested.

“The next stage in the investigation will be the court proceedings as the State moves toward the final stage of conviction,” the governor said, in part. “We will keep the public informed at the appropriate time as the court case moves ahead.”

AMERICAN LAWYER SERVING AS MICRONESIA’S ASSISTANT AG SHOT DEAD WHILE RETURNING HOME FROM RUN

The killing of Bergeron and her dog has shocked the tiny island of Yap, home to 11,000 people, where she served as acting attorney general of Yap State. Bergeron moved to Yap State — one of four states in Micronesia — in 2015 to work as assistant attorney general. She previously worked in Washington D.C.New York and India.

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Rachelle Bergeron, who was serving at the acting assistant attorney general of the state of Yap in Micronesia, was fatally shot on Oct. 14. (Yap State Government)

While officials have not said what may have motivated the killing, friends believe the deadly shooting was related to her work. Her duties included being part of a human trafficking task force, and friends say some criminals may have held a grudge against her.

“She had a fun laugh; she loved her dogs; she loved going running; she really cared about the community,” Julie Hartup, who lives in nearby Guam, told the Associated Press. “She was trying her hardest to do the best job she could, and, ultimately, somebody took her life for being so good at her job.”

A friend, Amos Collins, told the AP that Bergeron’s husband was inside the couple’s house Oct. 14 baking brownies with a local child the couple was helping care for when somebody fired three shots at Bergeron as she pulled up and opened the back of her Subaru hatchback.

Bergeron died just 11 days before she and her husband were set to mark their first wedding anniversary.

MEXICAN MOTHERS DISCOVER DOZENS OF BODIES BURIED IN MASS GRAVE NEAR RESORT TOWN SOUTH OF ARIZONA BORDER

Bergeron’s mother told the New York Times she was planning to adopt a local girl she found sleeping outside her house, and the family was also set to move back to the U.S. on Christmas Day.

Her killing spurred state legislators to pass a resolution to remember Bergeron, and flags were flown at half-mast in the days after her killing.

“Yap’s spirit is broken by this senseless and heinous act,” Falan said in a video statement, adding he’d do everything in his power to have justice prevail and restore civility.

The FBI said in a statement that its Honolulu division was providing investigative assistance in the case at the request of Micronesia. Falan praised the work of the joint investigative team that included the Yap State Police Department, Officer of the Attorney General and federal assistance.

The Federated States of Micronesia, located about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to Indonesia, has close ties with the U.S. under a compact of free association. The U.S. dollar is its primary currency.

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Falan also thanked the citizens of Yap for their “contributions, support, patience and prayers during this stressful time.

“May God Bless us all,” he said.

Fox News’ Nicole Darrah and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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EU allows new Brexit extension, UK gets more time to negotiate divorce

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Just days before Britain’s departure from the European Union, the bloc’s president announced an agreement on Monday to grant a new Brexit delay until Jan. 31 of next year.

Donald Tusk said on Twitter “the EU 27 has agreed that it will accept the UK’s request for a Brexit flextension (…). The decision is expected to be formalized through a written procedure.”

Tusk’s announcement came as European Union diplomats met in Brussels to sign off on the new delay to Britain’s departure from the bloc, which had been due in just three days on Oct. 31.

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It is the second time the Brexit deadline has been changed since the 2016 referendum on Britain’s departure from the EU.

The E.U. was expected to grant the 3-month delay as the embattled British Prime Minister Boris Johnson aims for December general election.

Johnson will attempt to convince members of Parliament to formally back the bid on Monday, but he will need the support of two-thirds of the House of Commons. The main opposition Labour Party has said it would support an election once “the threat of a no-deal crash-out is off the table.”‘

Fox News’ Chris Irvine and the Associated Press contributed to this report

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Kayla Mueller’s parents praise Trump, soldiers for raid that killed al-Baghdadi

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The family of Kayla Mueller on Sunday praised President Trump and the commandos who pulled off the daring raid that is said to have resulted in the death of the Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a compound nestled near the Turkish border.

Kayla Mueller, 26, was a humanitarian aid worker from Prescott, Ariz., who was captured leaving a hospital in Aleppo, Syria, in 2013. She was reportedly tortured until her death 18 months later.

Marsha Mueller, the woman’s mother, praised the commandoes who raided the compound and told the Arizona Republic that she believes if “Obama had been as decisive as Trump” her daughter may still be alive.

Her parents on Sunday said they hope the terrorist’s death will reveal more answers about what happened to their daughter. ISIS militants reportedly sent them pictures of their deceased daughter, but a body was never recovered.

Al-Baghdadi is believed to be one of her rapists who “married her” during her captivity.

“She was held in many prisons,” Carl Mueller, her father, told the Republic on Sunday.  “She was held in solitary confinement. She was tortured.  She was intimidated. She was ultimately raped by al-Baghdadi himself.”

“She was held in solitary confinement. She was tortured.  She was intimidated. She was ultimately raped by al-Baghdadi himself.”

— Carl Mueller, Kayla’s father

The Obama administration was criticized over a reported 2015 rescue mission that targeted four ISIS prisoners held at a makeshift prison.

By the time U.S. commandoes stormed the compound, the hostages were already gone. Some relatives and people who worked on the raid blamed the White House for not acting swiftly enough in giving the mission a green light.

TRUMP KEPT RAID SECRET FROM PELOSI 

President Obama said in a later interview that it was inaccurate to say the U.S. didn’t do everything it could to rescue the hostages. Susan Rice, his former national security adviser, said the approval process for the 2015 raid could not have been faster.

Trump, in the meantime, described the weekend raid and said military helicopters flew over a territory now controlled by Russian and Syrian forces before it landed at the compound.

Trump described al-Baghdadi as dying “in a vicious and violent way, as a coward, running and crying.”

“He died like a dog, he died like a coward,” Trump said in a speech to the nation Sunday morning.

Trump said al-Baghdadi died after he detonated a suicide vest, killing himself. Trump said three children who were with al-Baghdadi were also killed in the blast. Eleven other young children were taken out of the location uninjured, Trump said.

“Our reach is very long,” Trump said. He pointed to the recent death of Hamza bin Laden, son of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. “These savage monsters will not escape their fate, and they will not escape the final judgment of God.”

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Trump said “Baghdadi and the losers who work for him” had “no idea what they were getting into.”

Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer and the Associated Press contributed to this report

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Long-lost 13th-century painting found in French woman’s kitchen sells at auction for $26.6M

An old painting found in the kitchen of an elderly woman in France earlier this year — which was determined to be a work of art from a 13th-century artist — made her a multimillionaire on Sunday.

The work, a masterpiece titled “Christ Mocked” and attributed to the Italian painter Cimabue, sold for $26.6 million (24 million euros) to an anonymous buyer near Chantilly, north of Paris, reportedly making it the most expensive medieval painting ever sold.

The expected sale price of the unsigned work, measuring about 10 inches by 8 inches, had been between $4.4 million to $6.6 million.

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The 13th-century painting by Italian master Cimabue, seen in a photo last month. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

LONG-LOST 13TH CENTURY PAINTING FOUND IN WOMAN’S KITCHEN

In June, an auctioneer discovered the painting hanging on a wall while inspecting the woman’s house in Compiegne, which is in northern France, and recommended that she bring it to experts to be evaluated. The painting hadn’t attracted much attention from the woman, who is in her 90s, or her family, who thought it was an old icon from Russia, according to The Guardian.

Acteon Auction House, which sold the masterpiece to the anonymous buyer, said the woman will receive “the majority” of the sale money.

Dominique Le Coent of Acteon Auction House said the sale represented a “world record for a primitive, or a pre-1500 work.”

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Art expert Stephane Pinta with the painting by Italian master Cimabue in Paris. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

“It’s a painting that was unique, splendid and monumental. Cimabue was the father of the Renaissance, but this sale goes beyond all our dreams,” Le Coent said.

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Art experts said the painting likely was part of a larger diptych that Cimabue painted around 1280; two other panels were displayed at the Frick Collection in New York and the National Gallery in London. The experts at Turquin in Paris reportedly used infrared reflectography to confirm that the piece was part of the diptych containing eight scenes of the passion and crucifixion of Christ.

Cimabue, who was said to have taught Italian master Giotto, broke from the Byzantine style, popular in the Middle Ages, and started including elements of movement and perspective that came to characterize Western painting. Only 11 works painted on wood, none of them signed, have been attributed to Cimabue, as The Guardian reported.

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The painting had hung on the kitchen wall of the woman’s home for so long that she reportedly told the auction house she could not remember how she got it.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Hundreds of Pakistani children test positive for HIV after rogue doctor reused syringes, report says

Health officials in a southern Pakistani city say a rogue pediatrician’s reuse of syringe needles has led to nearly 900 children testing positive for HIV since an epidemic began earlier this year, according to a Saturday report.

Dr. Muzaffar Ghanghro, a pediatrician in the city of Ratodero, was arrested in May on charges of negligence and manslaughter after patients alerted investigators of his alleged unsavory practices, Pakistani media reported.

An investigation by police and health officials concluded Ghanghro’s “negligence and carelessness” was responsible for an outbreak of HIV in Ratodero, where about 200 adults also have tested positive for HIV since April, The New York Times reported.

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A Pakistani doctor is accused of reusing syringes on patients, leading to an outbreak of nearly 900 children and 200 adults.  (npin.cdc.gov)

But, health officials said the number of affected patients was likely higher, given that less than a quarter of Ratodero’s 200,000 have been tested, according to report.

The allegations against Ghanghro reflected a wider trend across much of Pakistan, where lack of knowledge on the subject has contributed to cases doubling since 2010, according to the United Nations’ task force on HIV and AIDS.

PAKISTANI HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST WHO FLED TO AMERICA SAYS HER FATHER HAS BEEN ABDUCTED

The organization said some 600,000 unqualified doctors were thought to be operating unlawfully in Pakistan – nearly half of them in the province where Ratodero is located.

After the outbreak was first reported, the government shut down clinics with unregistered doctors and illegal blood banks.

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But clinics were said to have started reopening after media coverage dropped.

Imran Akbar, the doctor who first brought attention to the outbreak, told The Times: “Unless these quack doctors, barbers and dentists are not checked, the number of incidents of HIV infection will continue going up.”

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Ex-CIA officer linked to 2003 kidnapping of terror suspect leaves Italy, fears for safety, report says

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A former CIA officer implicated in the 2003 kidnapping of a terrorism suspect in Milan has left Italy out of fears for her safety, Italian media reported Saturday.

Sabrina de Sousa, 623, is one of 26 people convicted by Italy in absentia over the 2003 kidnapping of Egyptian cleric Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, also known as Abu Omar.

Sousa denied involvement but was the only one to be sentenced for the abduction.

Italian President Sergio Mattarella pardoned De Sousa in 2017 but she was still required to perform community service through 2020.

De Sousa, a Portuguese-U.S. citizen, said she decided to leave Italy after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and CIA Director Gina Haspel’s visit to Rome earlier this month, Il Corriere Della Sera reported.

“I was terrified of the consequences that I could face,” De Sousa said. “The arrival of Haspel in Italy confirmed to the Italian government that the U.S. administration had washed its hands of my case.”

It was unclear what connection, if any, Pompeo and Haspel’s visits had with De Sousa’s case. Il Corriere della Sera quoted her as saying “recent changes to the Whistleblower Act” will allow her to reveal further details on the case.

De Sousa’s lawyer, Andre Saccucci, did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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The kidnapping of Nasr was part of the CIA’s controversial “extraordinary rendition” program, implemented under President George W. Bush, and entailed taking terror suspects to foreign countries where torture was allowed.

Nasr claimed he was transferred to his native Egypt and tortured.

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De Sousa has denied any involvement, claiming she was not in Milan on the day of the cleric’s abduction. If extradited, De Sousa would have been the first CIA officer and U.S. diplomat imprisoned over the agency’s “extraordinary rendition” program.

Fox News’ Cristina Corbin contributed to this report.

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ISIS target believed to be Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi is killed in Syria: sources

A “high value ISIS target” believed to be Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi has been killed by U.S.-led forces in Idlib, Syria, a well-placed military source told Fox News on Saturday night.

The U.S. military cannot yet confirm the identity of the deceased target.

But at 9:23 p.m. Saturday, President Trump posted a Twitter message hinting at “very big” news.

Soon after, the White House issued a statement that major news would be announced from the White House at 9 a.m. Sunday.

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ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin contributed to this story.

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North Korea growing impatient with US, warns of ‘exchange of fire at any moment’ amid stalled talks

North Korea is growing impatient with the U.S. over stalled nuclear talks and what it says are contentious policies and one-sided disarmament demands, a senior Hermit Kingdom official said Sunday local time.

Kim Yong Chol said in a statement there has been no progress in U.S.-North Korea relations. He warned that the cordial relationship between dictator Kim Jong Un and President Trump wouldn’t be enough to prevent nuclear diplomacy from failing, threatening that “there could be the exchange of fire at any moment.”

North Korea set a year-end deadline to find common ground and mutual terms for the possible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Chol said Sunday the U.S. would be “seriously mistaken” to ignore the deadline.

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President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea, Sunday, June 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

TRUMP SAYS THIRD SUMMIT WITH KIM JONG UN ‘COULD HAPPEN SOON’ AMID STALLED NUCLEAR TALKS

On Thursday, North Korea urged Trump and the White House to act “wisely” through the end of the year.

“Contrary to the political judgment and intention of President Trump, Washington political circles and DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] policymakers of the U.S. administration are hostile to the DPRK for no reason, preoccupied with the Cold War mentality and ideological prejudice,” Foreign Ministry adviser Kim Kye Gwan said in a statement. “We want to see how wisely the U.S. will pass the end of the year.”

NORTH KOREA WILLING TO HOLD DENUCLEARIZATION TALKS WITH US IN COMING WEEKS, STATE MEDIA SAYS

Denuclearization talks have been at a standstill for months, with little diplomatic progress being made. North Korea has demanded that the U.S. lift crippling economic sanctions in order to move forward and possibly dismantle its nuclear program, although analysts have said a complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is unlikely.

In signs of growing impatience, North Korea again embarked on so-called missile diplomacy over the summer — conducting several weapons tests since July, including one in early October.

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While Pyongyang has said the country is open to talks with the U.S., the two nations have not had a formal sit-down since the failed Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, in February — the second between the two leaders. Their first historic summit took place in Singapore in June 2018.

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Trump has touted a warm relationship with Kim Jong Un. In August he said he received a “beautiful letter” from the dictator. In June, Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to step foot in the Hermit Kingdom. He met briefly with Kim at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that divides North and South Korea.

“I sincerely hope that a motive force to overcome all the obstacles between the DPRK and the U.S. and to advance the bilateral relations in the better direction will be provided on the basis of the close relationship,” Gwan also said Thursday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Barcelona pro-independence protesters clash with police after massive peaceful rally

Violent protesters clashed Saturday with police in the tense Catalonia region of Spain after another massive rally in Barcelona against the imprisonment of nine separatist leaders.

Thousands of pro-independence demonstrators – mostly masked youths – took to the streets in the first flare-up in violence after a week of tense calm. They surrounded the National Police headquarters in downtown Barcelona and threw colorful plastic balls at officers. The protesters quickly switched to lobbing rocks and bottles at police, who then charged and swung batons to fend them off.

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Regional emergency services said 15 people were being treated for injuries as a result of the clashes, including an AP photographer who was hit in the face with a police baton. Catalonia’s regional police said one of its officers was serious hurt. At least one person had to be put on a stretcher by medics and taken away in an ambulance.

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Earlier Saturday Barcelona’s police said 350,000 rallied peacefully in the capital, many waving pro-independence flags for Catalonia. Pro-secession grassroots groups organized the rally to call for a new state in the northeastern corner of Spain.

“We cannot accept that (the prisoners) have been condemned to terms of nine to 13 years for defending the self-determination of Catalans,” the president of the pro-secession grassroots group ANC, Elisenda Paluzie, said at the peaceful protest.

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A Catalan police officer aims his weapon against demonstrators during clashes in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Catalonia held its first vote for independence in November 2014. At the time, 80.8 percent of voters said they wanted Catalonia to be an independent state. Today Catalonia’s 7.5 million residents are divided roughly in half between those opposing and those in support of secession. Spain’s government has told Catalonia’s separatists that the national Parliament would have to amend the Constitution, which considers the nation indivisible, to make secession legal.

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Catalonia was an independent state until the early 1700s with the birth of modern-day Spain. The region was granted a degree of autonomy in 1977, but calls for a completely separate state persisted. The economic crisis in Spain which blew up in 2008 only magnified calls for Catalan independence, where the wealthy Barcelona region was seen as propping up the poorer rest of the country.

On Oct. 12, the Spanish Supreme Court found nine of the 12 Catalan separatist leaders guilty of sedition and misuse of public funds for organizing an independence referendum in 2017. The nine leaders received sentences of anywhere from nine to 12 years each. The other three were fined for disobedience.

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Catalan pro-independence protesters march during a demonstration in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019.(AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

A match between Barcelona FC and rival Real Madrid was originally scheduled for Saturday, but the game was postponed due to the protests.

Alternatively, Spanish unity groups in the region have called for a rally on Sunday.

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The political turmoil is set to be a key issue in Spain’s upcoming national election, where Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez will try to maintain his seat. Spain’s far-right party Vox however is trying to convince voters it is the best option to heal divides in Spain.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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