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The US strikes back: Drone hit on ISIS

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The US military launched a drone strike in eastern Afghanistan, which killed a planner for a branch of the Islamic State group.

The suspected member of the IS-K group was targeted in Nangahar Province.

It comes after the deadly attack on the Afghanistan airport, where thousands are trying to flee the Taliban-led country.

IS-K claimed responsibility for the attack outside Kabul airport on Thursday that may have killed as many as 170 people. 12 US troops are among the dead..

The United States and allies HAD urged people to move away from Kabul airport amid a serious threat of a terror attack by Islamic State.

The airport is the centre of a multi-national effort to evacuate Afghans and foreigners after the Taliban overran the capital this month.

US President Joe Biden has come under fire over the withdrawal of US troops
US President Joe Biden has come under fire over the withdrawal of US troops

Mass evacuations

In the past two weeks, more than 100,000 people are believed to have been evacuated.

President Joe Biden promised to hunt down the jihadists behind Thursday’s suicide bombing.

The President has come under pressure over the way the US pulled out of Afghanistan.

“We will not forgive, we will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay,” Mr Biden said.

Why ISIS-K is Taliban’s biggest threat – READ MORE

IS-K, or Islamic State Khorasan Province, is the most extreme and violent of all the jihadist militant groups in Afghanistan.

Deadly blast

The blast tore through crowds of men, women and children outside Kabul airport.

Dozens of Afghans trying to leave the country were killed. In addition to the US personnel killed,

Roughly 5,000 US troops are still stationed at Kabul airport, processing Afghans desperate to leave.

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Eisman identifies infrastructure as key investment opportunity

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Famed investor Steve Eisman, has shifted his focus to infrastructure, citing three main reasons.

 

The pandemic-induced shift towards onshore investment, the rise of AI necessitating data centre expansion, and the global push towards greener energy.

Eisman believes these trends offer a decade-long opportunity for investors, with Australia presenting ample opportunities for market participation.

Notable companies to consider for exposure include BlueScope and James Hardie Industries for building materials, Macquarie Technology and Goodman Group for data centres, and Worley, AGL Energy, and Origin Energy for electricity grid upgrades and green infrastructure.

However, Eisman cautions investors to approach utility investments carefully, considering their capital expenditure budgets in renewable energy and grid upgrades.

 

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Civil War cinema brings in the box office dollars

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Alex Garland’s film “Civil War” has made a significant impact at the box office, surpassing expectations with a $25.7 million opening weekend in North America.

Starring Kirsten Dunst, Wagner Moura, and Cailee Spaeny, the film explores a near-future scenario where California and Texas unite against a president’s authoritarian regime. Despite fictional elements, “Civil War” has sparked widespread discussion, with its themes resonating in today’s political climate. The film’s performance, coupled with positive reviews, suggests a promising trajectory in the coming weeks, bolstered by a relatively quiet release schedule.

You can catch the trailer here

 

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Oil likely to see hike following Iran’s Israel attack

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Global oil markets are poised for potential disruption as tensions escalate in the Middle East following Iran’s recent attack on Israel.

The attack, which targeted key infrastructure, has raised concerns about the stability of oil supplies in the region.

Experts predict that the incident could lead to a spike in oil prices as investors react to the heightened geopolitical risk. #ticker today #featured

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