Aust sees Taliban rise as concerning


Australian soldiers did not die in vain in Afghanistan's Oruzgan province despite the Taliban now making moves to take back control of the area, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says.

While it was "deeply concerning" the Taliban was running an insurgency to undermine the Afghan government, Australian soldiers had been part of essential efforts to make sure Afghanistan was no longer a safe haven for terrorist organisations, she told ABC TV on Sunday.

"And so that work was successful but the Taliban, who, of course, were in control at the time, are now operating an insurgency, that's what we have to deal with," Ms Bishop said.