A black flag, trademark of jihadists, is hoisted over one of the buildings in the Sheikh Suleiman base, some 25 kilometres (15 miles) northwest of the city of Aleppo on December 9, 2012. Radical Islamist rebels seized large swathes of the Syrian military base, as they consolidated their control over territory in the north near the Turkish border, an AFP journalist said. Sheikh Suleiman sprawls over nearly 200 hectares (500 acres) of rocky hills. AFP PHOTO/HERVE BAR
Portrait of Suleiman, the Magnificent (Istanbul, 1642-Edirne, 1691), Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, illustration from Turkish Memories, Arabic manuscript, Cicogna Codex, 17th century. Venice, Museo Correr
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Portrait of Suleiman, the Magnificent (Trabzon, 1494-Szigetvar, 1566), Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, watercolour, 19th century.
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Suleiman I, known as Suleiman the Magnificent (Trabzon, 1494 - Szigetvar, 1566), sultan of the Ottoman Empire in 1520, engraving, 16th century. Florence, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale
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Actor in oriental costume in the role of Suleiman, character from an opera comique by Charles Simon Favart (1710-1792) entitled The Three Sultans. Paris, Hôtel Carnavalet