Large triangular UFOs were seen in Iraq and upstate New York before and during Operation Desert Fox.

On Thursday, December 16, 1998, at 2:31 a.m. local time, "a triangle-shaped pattern of lights" appeared over downtown Baghdad and was picked up by CNN's night-vision video camera. The lights hovered in position and moved slowly to the right, as Iraqi anti-aircraft tracer fire streaked away into the night.

The scene appeared on
CNN's live broadcast, which aired in the USA at 6:31 p.m. Eastern time, Wednesday, December 15.

According to ufologist Ignatius Graffeo, "I did see a triangular formation of lights moving very slowly at about" 12:55 a.m. Baghdad time that Thursday "on an NBC news report of the bombing...The light was steady, and it was definite and very striking." He described it as "a V-shaped formation like the one at Phoenix," Arizona on March 13, 1997.

The UFO "was against a black night sky and very different from the 'greenish' tracer fire moving across the sky, which did not hold their position for any length of time."

According to the Boston Herald, Fort Drum, the U.S. Army post in upstate New York, was a staging area for the four-day Operation Desert Fox. The Herald reported, "Along with the additional air assets, the Army is sending a battalion of light infantry troops from Fort Drum, N.Y. and nuclear-biological-chemical experts from several bases to watch for any attack by Iraq against Kuwait and other neighbors in the region." (See the Boston, Mass. Herald for December 17, 1998, "U.S. to pump up military muscle," page 22.)

Three weeks ago, around November 30, 1998, MUFON New York received reports of triangular UFO activity over Evan Mills, N.Y. and nearby Perch Lake, just west of Fort Drum.

According to Larry Clark of MUFON New York, a woman living on Perch Lake reported heavy UFO activity.

"First there were triangular craft that have appeared in the local sky. The woman (witness) reported the sighting of a 'Pine Bush' triangle that moved at treetop level and continued out over the lake before disappearing."

"A teenager from the local Civil Air Patrol (CAP) told the woman that they have also spotted a craft over Evan Mills...Within the last few weeks, the woman has regularly observed a large bluish light with a small red streak at its center."

She had reportedly seen the UFO "hovering for hours" over her property and a large undeveloped tract of land nearby. Evan Mills is on Highway 37 approximately 75 miles (125 kilometers) north of Syracuse, N.Y.


(Many thanks to Errol Bruce-Knapp, Ignatius Graffeo, and MUFON Eastern director George A. Filer for the news items.)


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