Jordan's King Abdullah announced he was cutting short a visit to the U.S. following the brutal death of a Jordanian fighter pilot captured by ISIS with this photo.
Sometimes called the "Warrior King," it wasn't long before rumors began spreading that his majesty was going to take care of business — personally.
The images spread on social media...
...and prompted some meme-based political commentary.
It made a great story, but it wasn't true, the Jordanian government said. Airstrikes did hit targets in Syria, but the king was not in the pilot's seat.
Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh told CNN Thursday the rumors of the king personally launching airstrikes on ISIS targets were "creative," but untrue.