The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) has recently flexed its muscles in Libya’s northern countryside after increasing their number of personnel on the ground to 5,000 armed combatants from all over North Africa.
ISIS has become so confident in their ability that they even decided to attack their former allies from the Mujahiddeen Shurah Council inside the densely populated city of Derna, which is located along the northern coast of Libya.
While the attack may not have killed many people; it becomes deeply concerning that ISIS is able to operate inside several cities in northern Libya, including the lavish city of Derna that was once Libya’s most prosperous areas.
Unfortunately for the provisional government of Libya, the only opposition to ISIS in the city of Derna is a fellow hardline jihadist group: Ansar Al-Sharia.
Ansar Al-Sharia is the Libyan equivalent of Al-Qaeda, who is also wrecking havoc inside the country.
With most of the civilians in Derna now internally displaced, the two jihadist groups are now battling for control of this lavish city, disregarding any remaining residents caught in the crossfire.