Making good of his vow to crush ISIS, King Abdullah II of Jordan directed airstrikes at various ISIS strongholds in Syria and Iraq.

So far, Jordan is seeing results in the airstrikes carried out against the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, in Mosul, with barracks, assets and ISIS operatives killed in the strike, as well as seized territories retaken.

However, there were reports that Abdullah II himself would lead the airstrikes, as he is an accomplished air force pilot. This is probably the presumption after the official Facebook page of The Royal Hashemite Court published a photo showing Jordan’s leader dressed in military fatigues. The same photo was published on the king’s instagram account eight months ago.

Had this been true, it would put world leaders like Barack Obama to shame.


Unfortunately, that was a product of a hype and a bit of misunderstanding.


When the image of Abdullah in combat gear first appeared on Twitter, it didn’t take long for the photograph to go viral – fueled by imaginative rumors and reports of reports.

If the early tweets were to be believed, the Jordanian monarch himself would be leading a combat mission against ISIS targets. As the retweeting cycle picked up, the posts gradually picked up #BombISIS hashtags and “God bless you, sir” messages.

The Jordanian government has denied rumors the king was physically involved in aerial attacks.

This edited picture didn’t ridicule either, but rather inspired Jordanians and otherwise.


It was not hard to presume why he could lead an airstrike himself if he wishes to.

Dubbed the “warrior king,” Jordan’s leader has clocked in 35 years of military service, having enrolled in the UK’s Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst in 1980 and became an elite Cobra attack helicopter pilot.

Back in the Philippines, this became yet another potshot at President Benigno Aquino III, being reviled for indecisiveness in certain issues, as well as how he handled certain crises.