Is ISIS Moving Its Capital Closer To Europe?
Could ISIS be moving its capital from Syria to Libya? Evidence points to this possible shift.
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ISIS is preparing a ‘backup’ capital in case its major center in Syria falls
Business Insider –
“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.”
Islamic State Tightens Grip on Libyan Stronghold of Sirte
The Wall Street Journal –
“Since announcing its presence in February in Sirte, the city on Libya’s Mediterranean coast has become the first that the militant group governs outside of Syria and Iraq. Its presence there has grown over the past year from 200 eager fighters to a roughly 5,000-strong contingent which includes administrators and financiers, according to estimates by Libyan intelligence officials, residents and activists in the area.”