The latest developments in Syria revealed that ISIS terrorists are now retreating into Libia. The increasing strikes by Russia and western countries are responsible for this.
While ISIS (also known as the Islamic State) has other affiliates throughout Africa and the Middle East that have pledged their allegiance to its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the group’s branch in Sirte is the only one that ISIS central leadership directly controls.
ISIS leaders in Libya have reportedly adopted a slogan that reflects Sirte’s heightened profile within the jihadist organization: “Sirte will be no less than Raqqa.”
The Sirte affiliate is also much closer to western Europe than ISIS’s territory in Syria and Iraq:
ISIS’s influence in Sirte has been growing over the past year, as it has evolved into what The Times describes as an “actively managed colony” of the central group.