Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Damascus for Assad talks

This image published in the Syrian media allegedly shows beams of light from an explosion at the Mezzeh military airport near the capital Damascus

"And the remaining terrorists in the remaining parts of Idlib must be cleaned out and the region should be placed back under the control of the Syrian people".

Mohammad Javad Zarif's comments in Damascus were reported by Iran's semi-official Fars news agency and came as Syrian forces and their allies are preparing for an assault on Idlib, the last opposition stronghold in the country.

Iranian, Russian and Turkish presidents are scheduled to meet in Tehran to discuss the latest developments in Syria in early September.

The Al-Tanf base, set up in 2016 near the borders with Iraq and Jordan, was also used for the training of so-called "vetted opposition" to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

During their meeting Assad and Zarif discussed the agenda of the summit in Iran.

The top Iranian and Syrian diplomats stressed the importance of strengthening economic cooperation and the participation of Iranian firms in the reconstruction of war-ravaged Syria as well as cooperation in global organizations, particularly the United Nations. It provided no further details.

"All of Syrian territory must be preserved and all the sects and groups should start the round of reconstruction as one collective and the displaced should return to their families", Zarif said, according to Fars News.

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The Israeli government does not comment on the details of its military operations overseas, but it has claimed it had hit Iranian forces on Syrian soil.

Assad has vowed to defeat the opposition in its last refuge in the northwestern province if the rebels do not surrender to government rule.

Idlib and the surrounding area is home to some 3 million people - almost half of them already displaced a couple of times by the civil war - choosing to live in opposition areas.

Israel, too, has carried out strikes against forces allied with Iran, in a stated effort to prevent the Islamic Republic from entrenching itself near its border.

The U.S. and France have warned an Idlib offensive would trigger a humanitarian crisis and warned that a chemical attack in Idlib would prompt a western retaliation.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to the attacks stating, "we will not stop taking action in Syria against Iran's attempts to establish a military presence there".

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