Somaliaffairs has learnt that the Somali National Army has been amassing troops in Bardhere town, Gedo region, in the last few days.
Reports indicate that the troops are expected to move towards areas under the control of the militant group, Al-Shabab.
Somali army commanders confirmed the troop movement in the region, saying the army is seeking to take over areas in the area from Al-Shabaab.
Last month, top officials in the Gedo region defected from the Jubbaland regional state and pledged allegiance to the Federal Government of Somalia.
Jubbaland authorities accused the Ethiopian government of using its troops in the region to help the federal government take control of the region.