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Jordan's King Abdullah Did Not Personally Fly Airstrikes On ISIS

The former fighter pilot monarch remains kind of a badass, though.

Last updated on July 3, 2018, at 1:06 p.m. ET

Posted on February 5, 2015, at 10:46 p.m. ET

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.

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The king, a former military pilot himself, joined Jordanian leaders in calling Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, who was burned alive, a martyr. The government also vowed revenge and an "earth-shaking" response.

Sometimes called the "Warrior King," it wasn't long before rumors began spreading that his majesty was going to take care of business — personally.

عاجل ⭕️| ضربة جوية اردنية على معاقل #داعش الآن يشارك فيها ملك #الاردن "عبدالله الثاني"

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ضربة جوية اردنية على معاقل #داعش الآن يشارك فيها ملك #الاردن "عبدالله الثاني"

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The images spread on social media...

Photos of King Abdullah's first personal air attack on ISIS!

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Photos of King Abdullah's first personal air attack on ISIS!

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...and prompted some meme-based political commentary.

Because King Abdullah is a WARRIOR!!

Obama after James Foley beheading vs. King Abdullah after burning of Jordanian pilot:

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Obama after James Foley beheading vs. King Abdullah after burning of Jordanian pilot:

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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.

A bomb with Koranic verses is pictured on a Royal Jordanian Air Force plane at an air base before its launch to strike the Islamic state in the Syrian city of Raqqa on Thursday.
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A bomb with Koranic verses is pictured on a Royal Jordanian Air Force plane at an air base before its launch to strike the Islamic state in the Syrian city of Raqqa on Thursday.

Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh told CNN Thursday the rumors of the king personally launching airstrikes on ISIS targets were "creative," but untrue.

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Actually, the king was involved in some more conventional leadership. He met with officials and security leaders.

صورة: جلالة القائد الأعلى يجتمع مع كبار المسؤولين وقادة الاجهزة الأمنية في القيادة العامة للقوات المسلحة #الأردن #JO

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صورة: جلالة القائد الأعلى يجتمع مع كبار المسؤولين وقادة الاجهزة الأمنية في القيادة العامة للقوات المسلحة #الأردن #JO

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And he offered condolences to the family of the slain pilot.

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The cockpit image appears to be from an October charity event, when he piloted a helicopter for children with cancer.

View this video on YouTube

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Which, is actually pretty cool too.

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