Renegade Libyan Gen. Khalifa Haftar abruptly left negotiations for a cease-fire to protect a well-thought-out strategy on the battlefield, a Turkish expert said Tuesday.

Professor Ferhat Pirincci, an international relations and foreign policy expert at Uludag University, said Haftar’s reasons for leaving the negotiations in Moscow can be broken down to a tactical move and a strategic one.

“Haftar does not want to lose his advances in southern Tripoli. Because technically, a possible pullback in the region due to the cease-fire, can be understood as a defeat for the Haftar forces,” he said.

He said there are also two

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