"An UFO-related incident that occurred four years ago poses a troubling question whether any kind of cooperation is possible between Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and extraterrestrials," says Joseph Trainor of UFO Roundup. "On December 16, 1998, during Operation Desert Fox against Iraq, a video clip aired on CNN showed a UFO hovering over Baghdad; it moved away to avoid a stream of tracer anti-aircraft fire. At that time we all thought it was another UFO sighting, although captured on videotape. But now, ufologists think it was much more than a mere incident." This may be Iraq's version of Roswell, where the report of a crashed UFO in New Mexico in July, 1947 was first announced, then denied by the U.S. government. When we invade Iraq, will we discover Saddam's been hiding a crashed UFO? There's other unsubstantiated information about UFOs in Iraq. On June 20, 1993, FIDOnet?s MUFONET BBS network, "Steve" from the U.K. wrote, "The following information was published in Amateur Radio Packet BBS on June 13 by some short-wave transmitter for spreading all over the world. I know nothing about the man who published the information, I also cannot say whether his information is true. The man reported that some aircraft was found after it was brought down by F-16 over Saudi Arabia during raids in Baghdad."
The report says, "A high-ranking source admitted that US Air Force?s F-16 brought down a UFO over Saudi Arabia during the Operation Desert Storm, and five countries are trying to conceal information about this fact. I don't know details, but it was some plane unknown to me. Saudis who were with me at that moment, were scared so much that they asked American, British and French investigators to come to the crash site immediately."
The newspaper Pravda reports that Russian Colonel Petrokov was in Saudi Arabia at the time and says he saw the crash site before American troops from Desert Storm got there. He says, "The aircraft was round and made of some material that I never saw myself. About one third of the craft was torn out by blasts of American missiles. Saudis didn't let us touch anything, but we managed to see appliances, mechanisms and other things that bewildered us absolutely.
"It was a relatively small craft, of approximately 15 feet in diameter. It had three chairs, probably for crew members, but they were so small as if meant for children. To all appearance, space aliens were just about three feet tall. However, it seems incredible that there were no dead bodies at the crash site; what is more, nothing that might look like an engine was found there as well. Probably American missiles hit the engine immediately and destroyed it. Later, operators of Saudi radar stations told me that no ejection or falling of some subjects out of the craft was registered. Searching helicopters surveyed the desert, but the pilots failed to find any surviving crew member close to the crash site."
When the UFO was spotted heading for Baghdad, an American plane chased it and fired a missile at it, causing the UFO to crash. Petrokov says that when American investigators arrived at the crash site, he was ordered to leave. He says, "American military engineers gathered all wreckage and removed them for further study in the USA." His team took pictures of the site, but these were confiscated by Russian authorities.
Arab reporter Mohammed Daud al-Hayyat says, "There are talks about extraterrestrials in Iraq, but nothing is said about any crash. It is rumored at a market in Sulaimaniya, to the south of Zarzi, that aliens are Saddam?s guests. Where do they stay then? People mention some underground base. But Saddam has a palace in this valley, an old stronghold Qalaat-e-Julundi. Earlier it belonged to the royal family. After the revolution, the government took possession of the fortress, and now, like every palace in Iraq it is 'a summer residence' of Saddam Hussein. The fortress is mentioned here for a very simple reason: it is practically impossible to penetrate into it. The citadel stands on a hill surrounded with vertical precipices on three sides; the precipices plunge down to the Little Zab river. It is said that Saddam lets aliens stay there."
Another reporter, Mohammed Hajj al-Amdar, says, "Saddam gave the aliens sanctuary, so that they couldn't be captured by Americans. Nobody can reach the citadel Qalaat-e-Julundi at night. They say that the aliens created 'watchdogs' for Saddam. The aliens took ordinary desert scorpions and used their bio-engineering to grow the scorpions to giant size. Scorpions of a cow-size! They are wonderful watchdogs: they blend in with the desert, swiftly and silently move on their warm-blooded prey for a decisive attack. Luckless intruders hear just some strange sound from behind stones, then a pincer crushes their necks, another pincer crushes their legs; then the victims is slammed to the ground and beaten with a barbed tail six or seven times. Death comes almost immediately."
These sound like rumors started by Saddam in order to scare people away from Qalaat-e-Julundi. Maybe they're making weapons there? Perhaps the U.S. government should pay more attention to UFO reports.
According to Richard Dolan, the government pays plenty of attention to UFOs?they just don't tell us anything about them.
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