The mysterious object, nicknamed the "Baghdad Ghost, did not have visible wings or fins, which likely ruled out the possibility of it being a glider or missile.
A cylindrical UFO flying near Baghdad has been captured in six thermal images taken by a US Air Force (USAF) Reaper drone in May 2022. The mysterious object, nicknamed the “Baghdad Ghost,” is seen moving from left to right in the footage. According to a source familiar with the incident, the object was marked as an “unidentified aerial phenomenon” (UAP) on a USAF depot due to its strange characteristics. Fast-moving craft typically use propulsion systems such as rockets or engines that generate heat, but the thermal camera showed that the object was colder (darker) than its surroundings. Additionally, it did not have visible wings or fins, which likely ruled out the possibility of it being a glider or missile. However, it appeared to be under “intelligent control.” The images were leaked to journalist and filmmaker Jeremy Corbell and investigative journalist George Knapp, who published them on their new podcast, Weaponized.
Corbell stated that he and Knapp discovered the images of Reaper drones over an active war zone, showing an anomalous object designated as a UAP by the US Air Force. “Like our government, we as journalists are curious about what can be seen here,” he said. The military coordinates in the bottom right corner place the drone video’s location in northeastern Iraq, near Baghdad. Corbell added that frustrated members of the USAF leaked the material, claiming that a significant number of UFO incidents were being “buried” and not being shared with corresponding intelligence agencies, such as the new All-Domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO).
Recent US legislation requires AARO to gather information on UAP incidents from the Department of Defense and the intelligence community. However, Christopher Mellon, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, criticized the Air Force a year ago for allegedly not cooperating and covering up incidents. “The Navy was notably helpful, while the Air Force remained notably unhelpful, if not hostile, to investigations into the topic,” he wrote.
What has changed
In recent years, the phenomenon of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) has experienced a significant shift in public perception. UFO sightings, once relegated to the realm of science fiction, are now being taken seriously by mainstream media outlets and government agencies. This shift is largely due to the declassification of numerous military and government documents related to UFO sightings, as well as increased public interest and scrutiny.
One of the most significant changes in recent years is the use of the term “unidentified aerial phenomena” (UAP) instead of “UFOs.” This change reflects a shift in focus from the object itself to the unexplained nature of the sighting. Additionally, there has been a growing awareness of the potential national security implications of UAP sightings, particularly those observed near military installations.
Another significant change is the emergence of new technologies that allow for more sophisticated and widespread monitoring of the skies. From advanced radar systems to civilian drones equipped with high-resolution cameras, the ability to capture and analyze data on UAP sightings has never been greater. This has led to an increase in the number of reported sightings, as well as a greater ability to investigate and analyze the data collected.
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