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The Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, was engulfed by flames, ending the 51-day Waco stand-off in 1993. (Reuters file)
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The FBI reversed in September a six-year-old position that it never used munitions capable of sparking the blaze that ended a 51-day standoff with the Branch Davidian sect near Waco, Tex., and left 76 people dead.

Reno and FBI Director Louis J. Freeh have ordered "a full review of the facts and circumstances" surrounding the use of military gas canisters on that day, and the Attorney General has appointed former Republican senator John Danforth of Missouri to head an independent inquiry into the matter.  Background: The Waco Siege


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