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Arabic to English phoneme mapping

Quick question for work. I'm in the process of building a kludge for something, a work-around, and need to figure out (in X-SAMPA, particularly) how to best map this:

غاب

onto an English phoneme set. It's the voiced velar fricative (/ɣ/ in IPA), which is, as far as I'm aware, completely unused in English.

What I'm wondering is, if this is the phoneme set I can work with, how do I best represent this sound from Arabic?

My best guess so far is to use x (/x/ in IPA), and just hope we'll catch the voicing. Any improvements on that?

Update: Best solution found, I think (use the voiced velar plosive from English; it's the least different from the voiced velar fricative). Thanks!
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