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Another Death in Iraq

Aired July 22, 2003 - 05:50   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

CAROL COSTELLO, CNN ANCHOR: This just in to CNN. There has been another death in Iraq in the Sunni Triangle.
Let's go right to our international editor Eli Flournoy.

He has the details for us, as much as we know right now.

ELI FLOURNOY, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL EDITOR: Yes, we're just getting word in, Carol, that another soldier has been killed, another one injured in Ramadi. This is just east of Baghdad, the so-called Sunni Triangle, as you see on the graphic there, of Sunni Muslim influence in that area.

COSTELLO: Muslims.

FLOURNOY: So we'll be getting more information as that's coming in. But this is just another in a series of attacks and guerrilla warfare that's going on on the ground in Iraq. It's...

COSTELLO: And this time it was a grenade attack, is that right?

FLOURNOY: It appears to have been a grenade attack on the ground. Again, the details are still coming in. We're just now getting word on that.

COSTELLO: Well, I know you have Harris Whitbeck on it.

FLOURNOY: Exactly.

COSTELLO: So we'll have him live from Baghdad in just a bit.

Let's talk about something good now.

FLOURNOY: Right. Well, we've got a twins separation successfully now. We just got word out of Singapore and I think we have a little bit of file video that shows the -- now this is the, these are the twins here that unfortunately...

COSTELLO: The Iranian twins?

FLOURNOY: Yes, the twins there that were, it was unsuccessful and unfortunately they died after a separation attempt not long ago in Singapore. But in that same hospital, we just had four month old South Korean twins who were successfully separated just today. And they, the surgery continues, though, with the reconstruction and plastic surgery that's going on. But doctors are hopeful that they're past the most dangerous point and have successfully separated them so...

COSTELLO: Yes, and it's easier to separate babies than it is grownups and...

FLOURNOY: Yes, it is. It is. It's a lot easier to do the separation when they're babies, when they're young. And, as we said, unfortunately the adults from Iran, it was not successful.

COSTELLO: For those who don't know much about the Singapore story, did the parents tell us -- do we know much about the parents and how they came to be in Singapore and?

FLOURNOY: No, we're still getting into more details about this one. This is this team of doctors there in Singapore, which also includes several U.S. doctors, are specialists in this type of surgery. But we do know that, as you said, it is much easier for them to do it when they're babies as opposed to when they're adults and their skulls and the veins in the back are more developed and conjoined.

COSTELLO: Well, our best to the little babies.

Thank you, Eli.

FLOURNOY: All right.

COSTELLO: We'll let you get back to work.

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