Forces from the Islamic State are closing in on Kobani, a town on Syria's border with Turkey.
The advance comes as Turkey's parliament debates joining the U.S.-led coalition that is battling the Sunni militant group known as the Islamic State in Syria and also Iraq.
Turkey would allow its military to enter the two countries and would also allow foreign forces to use its territory as a base for its operations in Iraq and Syria.
The BBC's Paul Adams joins Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson to describe the fighting.
- Paul Adams, BBC's world affairs correspondent. He tweets @bbcpauladams.
This segment aired on October 2, 2014.