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Officials claim identification of strange Middle East UFO.

Spiral UFO over the Middle East

Spiral seen over the Middle East. (Credit: imadomar2/YouTube)

A UFO appeared in the sky above the Middle East on June 7, 2012. The strange object was seen by witnesses in multiple countries including Israel, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, and Iran. Many witnesses recorded video of the UFO that, as Universe Today described, “started out looking somewhat like a comet and then started spiraling.”

MSNBC reports that Isreali police lines were jammed by hundreds of witnesses calling to report the UFO. The object’s strange appearance led many to conclude it was an alien spacecraft entering some sort of wormhole or time portal. But according to Universe Today, “The strange sight has been confirmed to be a Russian ballistic missile test of the Topol ICBM from the Kapustin Yar firing range near Astrakhan in southern Russia.” And space analyst Jim Oberg told MSNBC that the Topol’s “third-stage spin is a ‘feature,’ not a malfunction, and may be associated with guidance, or decoy deploy, or enhancing hardness against U.S. boost-phase antimissile weapons.”

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Jason McClellan is a UFO journalist and the producer/co-host of the web series Spacing Out! He is also the web content manager and staff writer for OpenMinds.tv, and a co-organizer and technical producer of the International UFO Congress. As a founding member of Open Minds, Jason served as a writer and editor for the now defunct Open Minds magazine. He has appeared on Syfy, NatGeo, and, most recently, he co-starred on H2's Hangar 1: The UFO Files. ------ Follow Jason on Twitter @acecentric and subscribe to Jason's updates on Facebook.