The following now defunct or possibly soon-to-be defunct banknotes are imbued with the symbols and iconography of their leaders, past and present.
In Aleppo, Sako owned an auto-repair business that employed 15 workers. Now the Syrian-Armenian, one of 11,000 to settle in Armenia since the conflict began, runs a small falafel and shwarma stand.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said today that Syria has removed more than a third of its chemical weapons, proving its 'commitment.'
Some Syrians have fled as far as Morocco seeking refuge, which remains elusive because they cannot obtain the papers that would allow them to work or send children to school.
A multilateral effort to destroy the Syrian government's chemical arsenal cleared its first hurdle after missing year-end deadline.
Israel was behind the Wednesday night airstrike in Syria, an anonymous US official said. The Israeli government has declined to comment on the accusation.
A long-ago encounter shows what stays, what fades.
The roots of Syria's chemical weapons program lie decades in the past, perhaps back to the 1970s. Other countries were early suppliers. What's uncertain now is if Syria can make its own chemical weapons.
The Syrian army targeted rebels with heavy airstrikes in at least seven cities and regions Sunday, killing at least 20 people. The government also called on rebel fighters to surrender their weapons.
Lebanon appears closer than ever to getting dragged into Syria's war as the regime and rebels battle just over the border and Hezbollah's growing involvement raises rebel ire.