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.
Actually, the king was involved in some more conventional leadership. He met with officials and security leaders.
And he offered condolences to the family of the slain pilot.
The cockpit image appears to be from an October charity event, when he piloted a helicopter for children with cancer.
Which, is actually pretty cool too.
Claudia Koerner is a national reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.
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