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Morocco Country Profile

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The country of Morocco is a key U.S. ally in the North Africa region. The two countries militaries are engaged in military exercises on a periodic basis.

Conflict in the Western Sahara

There has been a long-running conflict between the Polisario and the government of Morocco over a portion of the country that lies along the border between Morocco and Mauritania. This conflict dates back to the 1970s. [1]

In 1991 a ceasefire was agreed upon that diminished hostilities. However, in 2020, tensions rose once again. [2]

News Articles about Morocco

March 21, 2024, "The Polisario Front: An Organizational Overview", by Alex Purcell, Grey Dynamics.

March 21, 2024, "Exploring the Escalation in Western Sahara", by Jawhar Farhat, Grey Dynamics.

August 5, 2021, "Israel, Africa and Libya: Morocco's Foreign Policy Trump Cards", by Yasmina Abouzzohour, Lawfare Blog.


Morocco: Background and U.S. Relations, Congressional Research Service, June 23, 2020.

Morocco: Current Issues, Congressional Research Service, January 15, 2015.

Morocco, The World Factbook, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

Morocco, CIA Reading Room Library, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)


[1] Western Sahara, Congressional Research Service (CRS), October 8, 2014, RS20962, PDF, 15 pages.

[2] "Polisario Front Renews War in Western Sahara", by Joseph Hammond, Small Wars Journal, November 21, 2020.



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