November 8, 2017 / 5:12 PM / 7 months ago

Iran says fight to retake eastern Syria, Idlib will start soon: Mehr news

LONDON (Reuters) - A top Iranian official said on Wednesday that forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad will start operations soon to retake the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib and eastern areas.

Ali Akbar Velayati, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's top adviser on international affairs, in Beirut May 18, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

“Soon we will see eastern Syria cleared, and then the Idlib area in west,” Ali Akbar Velayati, the top adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader, was quoted as saying by Mehr news agency.

Reporting by Bozorgmehr Sharafedin

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