Despite having been bombarded by the U.S. and several of its allies with a plethora of airstrikes in Iraq and Syria during the past year, ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) is now consolidating its control over a key city in Libya less than 400 miles from the Italian island of Sicily, the Yahoo News website reports today (November 30, 2015).
Over the past year, ISIS has been deepening its presence in Sirte, an oil-rich city along Libya's northwestern Mediterranean coast.
ISIS jihadists first gained a foothold in Sirte in early 2015. Today, the city is an "actively managed colony of the central Islamic State, crowded with foreign fighters from around the region," according to the New York Times.
Since October 2014, the radical Islamic group has steadily moved to take over Sirte and transform the city into ISIS's capital in North Africa.