http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/3176136.stm US set to tighten Syria sanctions The United States has moved closer to imposing new sanctions on Syria, after a key congressional committee voted to punish Damascus for its allegedly supporting terrorism. The House of Representatives' International Relations Committee voted 33-2 in favour of adding further trade sanctions to those already in force against Syria. "It has become increasingly clear which side Syria's government has chosen in the war on terror," said House majority leader Tom DeLay. "Syria's government has obstructed our coalition's work, harboured and funded terrorists, and is even now helping terrorists cross the Syrian border into Iraq to target American soldiers." Syria, which denies the charges, has little trade with the United States, but the new sanctions could ban US investment there and restrict exports How long before Bluppet throws his hat in the ring?