With oilfields in sight.
ISIS now has a foothold in an oil-rich Mediterranean port city
The reach of the Islamic State is becoming increasingly international in scope.
The jihadist organization has accepted pledges of allegiance from organizations in Afghanistan, Algeria, and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, with Nigeria’s Boko Haram being the latest organization to apply for membership in the militant group also known as ISIS or ISIL.
A Tuesday New York Times report delves into maybe the most alarming of ISIS’ outposts: Sirte, a Libyan port city west of Benghazi on the Mediterranean coast where ISIS has established a foothold.
A few hundred firmly entrenched and battle-hardened fighters control major choke points and have commandeered the city’s radio stations and launched attacks in the surrounding area. The group beheaded 21 Coptic Christians on a beach outside the city in February and has attacked nearby oil facilities.