Syrian Pound

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Syrian Pound

The currency of Syria. It was introduced after World War I under the French Mandate. It was first pegged to the French franc, then the British pound and finally the U.S. dollar. Now, the Central Bank of Syria sets official exchange rates, but these can vary widely from the black market exchange rates. There are restrictions in place on how many pounds can leave the country at a given time. It is known as the pound in English, the livre in French, and the lira in Arabic.
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Today's decision is aimed at making it very difficult to make any transactions in anything other than the Syrian lira," Yazigi told AFP, adding that the goal was to "control the exchange rate".
On a hot summer morning three young men are doing a brisk business selling five Syrian lira (about 10 US cents) peeks at what is advertised on a huge banner as a "man-eating hyena.
Mohammad Jabi, also a Syrian, was kidnapped and freed in early February after paying a ransom of 1 million Syrian lira (approximately LL26 million) and some of his wife's jewelry.
In late 1992, the Syrian minister of economy, Mohammad al Imadi, indicated that the Syrian lira would become fully convertible on world currency markets by mid-1993, but the law remains in force today.
The arrested militants have also confessed that they received a monthly salary of 18,000 Syrian lira to fight against the Syrian army.
However, security survey at the crime site has resulted in confiscating four explosive belts, six grenades, two 9 mm-pistols equipped with mufflers, SR60,000, 5400 Iraqi Dinars, 5000 Syrian Liras, and $1800, a number of mobile telephones, including site fixing devices, the spokesman said.
Ahmad, who also left his home in the city, opened a barber shop four months ago in Sheikh Najjar, offering a shave and a cut for 150 Syrian liras (a little under a dollar).
Ahmad, a Syrian who left his home in the city of Aleppo, opened a barber shop four months ago in Sheikh Najjar, offering a shave and a cut for 150 Syrian liras (a little under a dollar), and is now getting more than 100 clients a day.
She agreed to pay one million Syrian Liras in addition to giving up some of her jewelry in return for her husband's freedom.