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
Mario Abou Zeid - political analyst with the Carnegie Middle East Center. 
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.  

This interview was originally broadcasted by Al Jazeera Inside Story