Trump warns Assad, Russia, Iran over Syria's Idlib

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The top Iranian diplomat is scheduled to hold talks with President Bashar al-Assad and Prime Minister Imad Khamis on bilateral relations and the latest developments in Syria, the agency said. "Don't let that happen!"

Children sit in the shade of a tent at a camp for the displaced in the rebel-held Syrian province of Idlib, at the village of al-Ghadfa, southeast of the province on September 2, 2018.

"Syria's territorial integrity should be safeguarded and all tribes and groups, as one society, should start the reconstruction process, and the refugees should return to their homes", Zarif said.

Netanyahu discussed "the situation in Syria and the joint effort to stop Iran's terror and aggression" with James Jeffrey, the USA special representative for Syria engagement, said a statement.

"On Iran, Iran has been put on notice that the continued mischief they've caused around the area, the murder that they have caused, the support from Syria, and what they're doing with Assad." said US Defense Secretary James Mattis during a press conference at the Pentagon on Friday.

But these "verbal warning shots" have little to do with today's reality in Syria, said Jonas Parello-Plesner, a researcher with the Hudson Institute think tank in Washington who recently published a study on the USA approach to the region.

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Iran's foreign minister held talks with officials in Syria on Monday as Syrian forces and their allies prepare for an assault on the last opposition stronghold in the country.

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

However, the strongest set of fighters is led by an al Qaeda-linked group, which controls most of an area that is home to more than three million people.

On Sunday an attack was reported in Syria near the Al-Maza military airport in Damascus, which was attributed to Israel.

Iranian forces have backed Bashar Assad in Syria's civil war.

The pontiff said there were still "winds of war" and "unsettling news about the risk of a possible humanitarian catastrophe in the province of Idlib".

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