Official photo of Jordan king in military fatigues perpetuates attack rumour

Official photo of Jordan king in military fatigues perpetuates attack rumour

Rumours of Jordan's King Abdullah II personally taking part in air strikes against the Islamic State (IS) have been rife, ever since Jordan began its attacks on IS this week.

Jordan's attack was triggered by the execution of a Jordanian pilot, who was shown burned alive in a video released by IS on Tuesday.

After the attacks began, a photo showing King Abdullah II in military fatigues was widely circulated on social media. This was accompanied by the rumour that the Jordanian king will personally lead the air strikes against IS ammunition depots and camps.

While the photo is authentic, there is little to substantiate the rumours of the king taking part in military attacks at this point.

The photograph of King Abdullah II was actually posted on the official Facebook page of the Jordan monarchy. The Royal Hashemite Court's photo is captioned "His Majesty King Abdullah II, The Supreme Commander of Jordanian Armed Forces, cuts his visit to the United States of America after the martyrdom of Muath Al Kasasbeh."

Many other photos of the king dressed in military fatigues can be found on The Royal Hashemite Court's Instagram account.

A report in the International Business Times (IBTimes) also dismisses claims that the king will be personally flying a fighter jet in the attacks. According to IBTimes, a Jordanian government spokesman has denied the rumours.

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