In Syria, US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) captured at least three villages in Deir al-Zour and Raqqa provinces on Wednesday as part of their offensive against ISIL.

These videos, posted by the SDF, apparently show the residents of a recently-liberated village celebrating the expulsion of ISIL from their home, by stamping on black clothing, smoking, listening to music, and dancing.

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Military drills in Murmansk

Russian soldiers held military exercises in Murmansk on Tuesday (25 April) in order to highlight the army’s readiness to fight in severe weather conditions.