Turkey Refuses To Aid Kurds As ISIS Besieges Border Town05:56

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ISIS and Kurdish fighters are still battling over the Syrian town of Kobani, but the town is also in an international tug of war.

Human rights groups warn a blood bath will ensue if ISIS overtakes the Kurds, but Turkey — which has long battled a Kurdish separatist movement — is refusing to get involved to save the Kurds, until certain demands are met.

The BBC's Mark Lowen joins Here & Now's Robin Young from Istanbul to describe the scene.

Note: This BBC interview can be heard in the Here & Now podcast or with the WBUR app.


  • Mark Lowen, correspondent for BBC News. He tweets @marklowen.

This segment aired on October 8, 2014.