Isis in Libya: Islamic State raises black flag in Sirte and consolidates port stronghold

The offshoot of the so-called Islamic State (Isis) in Libya has posted pictures of militants loyal to the group raising its black flag over the port city of Sirte as it consolidates its power there.

In images shared on social media, IS showed its fighters tearing down Libya’s independence flag in the town and raising a number of black Jihadi flags in their place.

In a separate video, IS’s branch in western Libya, the “State of Tripoli” showed a series of still photographs of its militants imposing order in the city and then, ominously, a later video of a number of boats anchored in Sirte’s harbour.

IS has said it hopes to use Libyan ports to cross the Mediterranean posing as migrants and the wreak havoc on mainland Europe.