There is a military base there today too, which changes hands according to the fortunes of Syria’s civil war.
In 2011, the regime of Bashar al-Assad held the base; next it was the rebels of the Free Syrian Army; then the so-called Islamic State (ISIL or ISIS); and finally the Kurds, who advanced and took the mountain last May under the cover of American warplanes.
Er berichtet seit Jahrzehnten aus den Krisenregionen der islamischen Welt - seit 2011 vor allem aus und über Syrien.
Er ist studierter Islamwissenschaftler und spricht fließend Arabisch.
Neben zahlreichen preisgekrönten Reportagen veröffentlichte er 2015 das Buch "Die schwarze Macht" über das Innenleben des "Islamischen Staates".
Zuvor erschienen: "Mein Leben ist eine Waffe" (2002) über Selbstmordattentäter und, gemeinsam mit Susanne Fischer, "Café Bagdad" (2004) über den Alltag im umkämpften Irak.
Ok, we admit we’re exaggerating a bit on this one but you get the idea.
If your appearance hasn’t changed much, then it’s likely you can get away with a shot taken a few years ago.
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I'm in a community hall, on the outskirts of Celle, a north German town. Sitting at various tables around the room are dozens of Devil worshippers. We worship him." He sips his tea, and adds: "Ours is the oldest religion in the world. They refuse to eat lettuce, pumpkins, and gazelles.
I'm not surprised: I have been warned about their wariness of strangers, born of centuries of appalling persecution. He points to one of the peacocks on the wall: "That is Melek Taus, the peacock angel.
Before the war, villagers got a little money from the government to look after the national park on Mount Abdul-Aziz, a barren rock that rises 3,000 feet behind the village and stretches miles into the distance.
Mount Abdul-Aziz is named after a lieutenant of the 12th-Century Muslim warrior Saladin, who built a fort to dominate the plain below.