12:10 PM PT -- Expert Jeremy Corbell tells TMZ … the newly released photo is super significant because it’s the first time folks get to see an official government-filmed UFO from a conflict zone. He says there’s still a ton of questions about these objects, but it’s a huge step toward UFO transparency and discovery.
UFOs remain a divisive topic -- some people just won't believe in the possibility, but a new image grabbed overseas is making it harder to dispute their existence.
Experts Jeremy Corbell and George Knapp revealed the bombshell image of the "Mosul Orb" Tuesday morning on their podcast, "Weaponized" ... saying it comes from a brief video clip shot in 2016 in northern Iraq.
Safe to say this thing is unidentified -- Jeremy says the shiny orb was shown as part of a classified briefing video on the topic of UFOs, shown to U.S. government agencies.
He says the mysterious object was captured on camera as it flew alongside a spy plane without changing altitude.
WEAPONIZED with Jeremy Corbell & George Knapp
Pretty unnerving ... Jeremy and George dissect the possibilities of the phenomenon in detail, as well as just how impossible it is for crafts like this to take flight.
Sounds like Jeremy and George are gonna be dropping a bunch of other evidence as the pod continues, too.
FYI -- Harvard physicist Avi Loeb recently joined us on "TMZ Live" to discuss the growing threat of UFOs ... telling us the government likely doesn't know squat about the objects they're observing.