It might be facing a string of defeats in its core territories, but in Libya ISIS continues to advance. The Libyan affiliate of ISIS first appeared in the country in 2014, centered around the coastal town of Derna in the northeast of the country. Despite losing this town to other Islamist groups, ISIS has relocated its forces to Sirte, the former hometown of Mummar al-Gadaffi located on the central Libyan coast. There they have solidified their control cover the city and spread both east and west, carving out a small, but nonetheless significant amount of territory for themselves. Towards the end of 2015, the Libyan Interior Ministry estimated that the militant group had approximately 4000-5000 fighters based in the country and was likely planning to use the area as a strategic backup should their core territories in Iraq and Syria be lost.