Libyans living under ISIS rule in Sirte have described public executions, kidnappings, and floggings carried out at the hands of the militants as they work toward building another stronghold in the Middle East.
As western countries ramp up strikes against the group's de-facto capital of Raqqa, Syria, ISIS (also known as the Islamic State, ISIL, or Daesh) sees Libya as a potential back-up option at which to base its operations.
ISIS' influence in Sirte has been growing over the past year, as it has evolved into what The New York Times described as an "actively managed colony" of the central group.
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