The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) has already spread past the Levant (Al-Sham) and Iraq, making their way to the North African countries of Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, and Algeria while much of the world attempts to devise a contingency to forestall their growth and put an end to their terrorism.
Located along the Libyan coast, the port-city of Sirte was not only one of Libya’s premier cities, but it was also the birthplace of the late president Mu’ammar Ghaddafi.
However, on February 16th, 2015, this once thriving maritime shipping city on the Sirda Coast of Libya was now under the control of ISIS after a violent battle with the loyalist forces; this loss resulted in the diaspora of almost 20,000 Libyans that had just returned to this city 3 years prior.
Finally, after several months of living under ISIS, the remaining civilians living inside Sirte decided to fight back in order to overthrow the terrorists; unfortunately, they were quelled after a short battle two days later.
With Sirte firmly under ISIS’ control, the aforementioned terrorist group has now turned its attention to the Adjabiyah Oil Fields that are located just outside of the port-city; this leaves the Libyan Government in a serious predicament as those oil fields are an integral part of their economy.
Should ISIS capture the Adjabiyah Oil Fields in Rif Sirte, the terrorist group will officially control oil fields in three different countries.