2. SOUNDBITE (French) Roland Jacquard, anti-terrorism expert:
"The report tries to show that the threat is real but of a different nature. It involves people who act on their own, who choose their targets, who choose their own methods of financing and who try to find the best system to try and put across a fundamentalist message. They attack tourist sites, areas where there will be the largest numbers of human casualties and people of different nationalities."
4. SOUNDBITE (French) Roland Jacquard, anti-terrorism expert:
"In France for example, the French government is taking firm measures. Just recently, instructions were given to the police headquarters to increase awareness because we know that despite the position on Iraq we know that France may be a target too since it is one of the countries in Europe which is at the forefront of the fight against terrorism. So, it is a global strategy, a globalisation of targets with Al-Qaida that will allow it to enlarge its field of recruitment."
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6. SOUNDBITE (French) Roland Jacquard, anti-terrorism expert:
"This new generation is not today, it has no terrorist history. It is even more dangerous as it cannot be identified and that we do not know when these people will make the transition from acts of terrorist violence to acts of
suicide bombings. The defining point of this third generation Al-Qaida is that today they will not hesitate to carry out suicide bombings, and suicide bombings are hard to predict and can have very serious consequences."
8. SOUNDBITE (French) Roland Jacquard, anti-terrorism expert:
"Now, after 11 September, it's like you have a shadow organisation. Like, you don't know who are the chiefs, where they are, where is the new money and where are the new militants - the third generation of Al-Qaida, because a lot of them they are unknown before by the terrorist police in the world."
A United Nations report due out this week will describe a new generation of al-Qaida terrorists, as unpredictable, hard to track and ready to strike tourist and economic targets, according to a French anti-terrorism expert.
Roland Jacquard has written several books on terrorism and heads the privately-funded International Terrorism Observatory, based in Paris, which advises the United Nations.
According to Jacquard, al-Qaida now has a third generation of activists - following on from those based in Afghanistan and those who carried out the September 11, 2001, terror attacks in the United States.
They survived the U.S.-led manhunt and are dispersed around the world, increasing their ranks each time an attack is carried out, he said on Monday in Paris.
According to Jacquard the new generation of terrorists is ready to carry out self-managed, self-financed attacks.
They will be difficult to penetrate, their motivation will be difficult to understand and their actions will be unpredictable.