According to Bruce Riedel, a retired U.S. Central Intelligence Agent (CIA) and currently a counterterrorism expert at the Washington, D.C.-based Brookings Institution, "We are witnessing today the evolution of the third generation of Al-Qaeda. Or what I refer to as Al-Qaeda 3.0.
He told the Agence France Press: "The first generation was the generation that created Al-Qaeda, right up to the attacks of September 11. The second generation dates roughly from the fall of the Taliban state in Afghanistan until the death of Osama bin Laden and the Arab awakening.”
To read more from the interview, please see “Al-Qaeda 3.0: exploiting unrest from Syria to Sahel: expert.”