Tensions are rising between Algeria and Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC).

Muammar Gaddafi's family members have been given refuge in Algeria, but Libya wants them back.

This comes a day after al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for blowing up an Algerian military academy, in what it says was a move intended to punish the country for supporting Gaddafi's regime.

How significant is the role of al-Qaeda in stoking friction between Libya and its neighbour? And is the alleged relationship between al-Qaeda and the NTC helpful or a hindrance for Libyan progress towards a democratic state?

Inside Story discusses with guests: Khalid Lum, a North African affairs analyst; Mustafa El-Khalfi, the director of the Moroccan Centre for Contemporary Research and Studies; and Saad Djebbar, an international lawyer.

Source: Al Jazeera