At the scene: Paul Wood, Kobane
The sound of warplanes circling overhead is nearly constant. And in the early hours of the morning people heard what they said were multiple air strikes against Islamic State positions.
Not before time, say the Kurdish forces defending this place. They are in the fight of their lives, with the jihadis now just a 10-minute drive from the town, and threatening to push further.
At the last Kurdish position outside Kobane last night bullets whined overhead and shells fell either side of the main road to the town.
The Kurds are grateful for the air strikes, but the battle for Kobane is far from over.
Turkish troops have been trying to prevent Turkish and Syrian Kurds crossing the border to help defend Kobane, Paul Wood reports.
Several thousand Kurdish refugees are stuck at the railway line which marks the border with Turkey along with their sheep and cattle.
The problem is that, as refugees, they cannot take their animals, their livelihoods, with them but they believe they will be killed if they turn back.