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A THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1999 3A Justice Dept. had information about aco canisters V I FBI documents say the reports were filed for years, and sent to Congreiss i. 1 . MM , -V -A. - V ...,- , 4 1 JOHNATHAN PAROBYThe Associated Press 11 homeless after apartment fire NEW PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Flames rip through a building Monday in this city about 100 miles west of Philadelphia. The fire left 11 residents homeless. Indonesia hesitates on East Timor troop entry President Clinton and the U.N.'s leader want the forces in quickly. The Washington Post UNITED NATIONS Indonesian Foreign Minister Ali Mates said Monday that his government would place "no conditions" on an international force for East Timor but that he needed time to discuss details of the United Nations' proposal for the deployment of as many as 7,000 troops. Alatas' remarks, coming just one day after Indonesian President B J. Habibie agreed to allow foreign troops into East Timor, opened the door to a potential delay and again raised questions about Indonesia's willingness to permit peacekeepers to put down the killing and looting that has consumed the territory since it voted for independence Aug. 30. Both U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan and President Clinton Monday pressed Indonesia to let the force in quickly. In a meeting with Alatas at U.N. headquarters, Annan said he hoped to work out the details of an agreement by late today. At the same time, a U.N. official said the world organization was shutting down its besieged compound in East Timor. The Pentagon, meanwhile, reiterated that the United States will play only a supporting role in an international force. A. high-ranking U.S. military officer said the American contribution to a peacekeeping force likely would involve only about 100 troops on the ground in East Timor. The United States is offering to provide C-17 and C-130 transport aircraft to carry heavy equipment but not troops, which can be ferried to East Timor by chartered civilian aircraft, the officer said. U.S. officials also have pledged to help with intelligence gathering and longdistance communication links. State Department spokesman James P. Rubin said the United States, along with other countries, was looking at the possibility of air drops of food and other supplies to East Timor refugees. feltsin ups security after 73 die in blast The New York Times WASHINGTON Internal FBI documents disclosed Monday by a Democratic lawmaker show that information about the use of combustible tear-gas canisters used in the FBI assault on the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, in 1993 had been in the Justice Department's files for years and was even sent to Congress no later than 1995. The documents cast new light on when different parts of the government first had knowledge about the use of the flammable tear gas and therefore may alter the dynamics of the renewed outcry over events surrounding the FBI assault on the compound on April 19, 1993. The FBI documents were disclosed by Rep. Henry Wax-man, D-Calif., a member of the House Government Reform Committee. The documents released Monday show that even though Attorney General Janet Reno angrily sent U.S. marshals to the FBI's headquarters two weeks ago to seize infrared videotapes containing references to the use of combustible tear gas, the Justice Department had for years possessed FBI records that showed such devices were used at Waco. In addition, the documents provide evidence that the FBI, which has been accused of misleading the Justice Department about the issue by some in Congress and the Clinton administration, did provide information about the use of flammable rounds to Reno's subordinates on several occasions, even though Reno said that she had not been aware of the information. Even so, there is no indication in the documents made public Monday that FBI officials had clearly explained the implications of using the flammable rounds to their civilian counterparts at the Justice Department. Moreover, FBI officials T had never said publicly that tfieir agents had used the rounds"un-til last month, when they said a "very limited number" of iuch canisters had been fired ai a concrete bunker hours befpfe a deadly fire swept through, another structure on "compound. Investigators later found the bodies of about 80 'pcjp'ple, among them several children. In the documents, references to the canisters do not clearly state that the rounds were Combustible but refer to theni as "military" rounds. The vastina-jority of tear gas rounds, fired during the Branch Davidian incident were non-flami$able canisters known as "ferret" rounds. Also Monday, the '.Xxas Rangers released a report: to Congress that said the Rangers, who collected evidence from' the Davidian compound after 'ithe tear gas assault, had found spent cartridges from two different types of sniper rifles. Both were carried by FBI agents, during the 51-day siege. ; Federal law enforcement officials said Monday that;, the shell casings were collected by FBI agents after they h,aq first arrived in Texas in March 1993, and that they turned the; spent cartridges over to the. Texas Rangers. The long-held position of the FBI was that agepts jiad not fired a single shot The Rangers' report wilf not definitively answer any, of the "dark questions" about. -,the siege that John Danfortiv.has promised to answer in his independent investigation. Much of what was included in Monday's inch-thick Ranger's report was not new: The uncovering of a potentially flammable incendiary device had been disclosed last month; the sigoifi-cance of rifle shells found inside a house near the compound that had been used by the FBI Hostage Rescue Team has been a subject of dispute for years By Charles W. Holmes Palm Beach Post Staff Writer MOSCOW Conceding that "terrorism has declared war on us," President Boris Yeltsin on Monday ordered increased security across Russia after an early morning explosion leveled an eight-story apartment building in Moscow, the second such devastating attack here in the capital in five days. At least 73 people were killed, including six children, and dozens were missing after a pre-dawn explosion flattened the building in southern Moscow. Authorities said the blast was the result of a bomb apparently planted on the first floor. A similar explosion on Thursday ripped apart an apartment block on the southeastern outskirts of the city, claiming 93 lives. While there were no plausible claims of responsibility for either explosion, Russian authorities suspect the bombings are the work of terrorists aligned with Muslim insurgents from the breakaway republic of Chechnya. Moscow, a Russian military residence compound in Dagestan was destroyed by a car bomb on Sept. 4, killing 64. In Moscow on Aug. 31, a bomb ripped through a crowded shopping mall near the Kremlin, killing one and wounding dozens. Investigators have not concluded who was behind the Moscow bombings, though they are searching for a man named Mukhit Laipanov, who allegedly had rented office space at both apartment buildings destroyed by explosions. Theories have focused on Islamic militants seeking to bring the war in the southern province of Dagestan to the Russian capital. But some politicians also have expressed concerns that the bombings could be the work of ruthless political forces in Russia out to disrupt national parliamentary elections scheduled for December and the presidential .election, to chose Yeltsin' successor set for next summer. Federal troops have been engaged in fierce battles against the guerrillas since last month, seeking to drive them from the southern Russian republic of Dagestan. Whoever the culprits are, their campaign of terror was working. Nervous authorities strengthened controls at airports, oil depots and nuclear power plants amid a widespread heightening of security. Police street patrols and roadblocks were stepped up here and other major cities. In Moscow a city of 10 million people, the vast majority of them apartment dwellers residents were scared. "Why is this happening? Who in Moscow will sleep soundly tonight knowing such a thing could happen?" said Vladimir Alexandrov, 46, a store clerk who lives near the destroyed building. In all, a string of four recent bombings have left more than 200 people dead. Apart from the apartment building explosions in f 2 t f f y ITH THE LIGHTEST STROKE iiiniHiiiitiitiiiiii ii lit iii tor W f UUOUUUULJLJuUUyL BEAUTY. OF A PAINTBRUSH, I CAN VlaSsrvsssB I FEEL AT PEACE ENJOYING A ttld IN THE GARDEN. Colonials My soul has not changed. Only my HAS. 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