A metallic sphere caught on camera flying over the Iraqi city of Mosul is being investigated as a UFO sighting by the US military and intelligence community.
The image, taken from a four-second video clip captured April 16, 2016, by a reconnaissance plane in northern Iraq, was shared by ufologist Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell and journalist George Knapp in the first episode of their new “Weaponized” podcast on Tuesday.
“It’s an image filmed by the military, an image filmed by an intelligence agency, and it’s called the Mosul orb,” Corbell said, noting that the object was named after the city. Iraqi where he was spotted.
In the video, the metallic-colored sphere apparently moved alongside the spy plane without losing altitude, Corbell said.
“It’s in the UFO category within our intelligence community. This is an example of one of the UFOs our military and intelligence community is investigating. This is just one of many images,” Corbell said. .
The Department of Defense did not immediately return a request for comment on the authenticity of the image shared by ‘Weaponized’.
The Pentagon’s newly formed Anomaly Resolution Office, or AARO, investigated hundreds of reports of unidentified flying objects over a period of months, though none suggested clear evidence of extraterrestrial life, according to a report released earlier this month.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence reviewed 366 newly identified military sightings of “unidentified aerial phenomena” – or UFOs. Twenty-six of them turned out to be drones, 163 were “balloon or balloon-like entities” and six were “attributed to clutter” in the air.
The remaining 171 “unremarkable” reports that “demonstrated unusual flight characteristics or performance capabilities” will continue to be investigated.
AARO Director Sean Kirkpatrick previously said his office had received “several hundred” reports.
Kirkpatrick also did not rule out that there may be other life forms.
“I would just say that we’re structuring our analysis to be very thorough and rigorous. We’ll go through all of this,” Kirkpatrick said. “I’ll follow this data and this science wherever it goes.”