The international alliance to fight the Islamic State group is gaining shape and momentum.

The US secretary of state, John Kerry, met a number of Middle Eastern foreign ministers in Jeddah to discuss how best to deal with the group.

The Islamic State group's swift seizure of territory in Iraq and Syria was a shock to many countries in the region and beyond.
 
The group is the successor to the Islamic State in Iraq. It has a seasoned military operation with a transnational membership, to which, despite heavy losses, it is constantly recruiting.

With key leaders who were prominent in the Iraqi rebellion of the 2000s, it is also well-armed and financed.

On Inside Story a discussion on the root causes of the birth and emergence of the Islamic State group. 

Presenter: Hazem Sika
 
Guests:
 
Mario Abou Zeid - political analyst with the Carnegie Middle East Centre.
 
Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi - fellow with the Middle East forum and specialist on rebel groups in Iraq and Syria.
 
Juan Cole - history professor with the University of Michagan and author of the book, The New Arabs How the Millennial Generation is Changing the Middle East.  

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Source: Al Jazeera