The Somali Military Chief, General Odowa Yusuf Rage has kicked off a new tour in the Hiran region where he started his road trip at regional headquarters in Beledweyne.
Accompanied by senior military officials, the army chief was welcomed by commanders from SNA 27th division based in the Hiran region where he held meetings on the new offensive to retake areas controlled by the armed group al -Shabaab.
General Odowa kicked off his tour three weeks ago in Galmudug to assess the preparedness of the SNA amid ongoing reforms in the force.
The journey took him to Dhusamareb, Adado, Galkayo, Abudwaq, and Balanbale where he assessed the conditions of the soldiers and briefed by SNA 21st division base commanders and infantry base in Adado.
The Somali troops backed by AU forces have in the past year pushed the armed group al –Shabaab out of key strategic towns in south-central Somalia controlled by the group for years.