ADAN YABAL [SMN] – Somali government forces along with local militias move closer to Aden Yabal which is the main base of the al-Shabaab in the Middle Shabelle region.
The advance came after the allied forces captured key villages in the region for the past few weeks, in the latest blow to Al-Shabaab in the ongoing fight.
Somali president Hassan Sheikh paid a visit to the troops on the frontlines in central regions to boost their morale in the struggle to win the decisive war.
There have been operations in parts of the Middle Shabelle, Hiraan, and Galgaduud regions to remove Al-Shabaab from areas they have controlled for some time.
Since the war started three months ago, Somali PM Hamza Abdi Barre said over 600 militants were killed and as many as 68 areas were liberated from Al-Shabaab.