|Morocco has signed a contract worth $2.4bn to purchase 24 F-16 fighter jets [Getty]|
At odds for decades, Morocco and Algeria have entered what some see as the fiercest arms race in North Africa in years.
Algeria’s foreign minister rejected a call by Morocco to reopen the borders between the two countries, saying the issue is not a priority for his country.
For its part, Morocco accuses Algeria of backing the Polisario front which is fighting for a homeland in Western Sahara, now under Moroccan control.
So, where will this arms race leave North Africa? And what can France and the US, both vying for influence there, do to prevent a deterioration in an already volatile region?
Inside Story, with presenter Hashem Ahelbarra, investigates.
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This episode of Inside Story aired on Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at 17:30 GMT
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