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THE Pentagon's hotly anticipated new UFO report will open a "Pandora's box" on aliens, ET hunters have said.

Alien enthusiasts who have spent decades searching the skies finally feel they have been vindicated as the traditionally fringe topic has stepped into the mainstream.

American intelligence services are compiling a dossier on a string of strange encounters between the US military and UFOs - which is set for release next month.

Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) - a coalition of 600 civilian ET hunters across the US - is eagerly awaiting the file which has been reported to leave the door open for an alien origin for the encounters.

UFOlogy has a rich history in the US - with the first reported sightings of flying saucers, the infamous Roswell incident, and rumours about Area 51.

However, this subculture is now crashing headlong into what is becoming a national security debate at the heart of Washington DC.

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