Abdullah II ibn al-Hussein was educated at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts and at Britain’s Sandhurst Military College. He has also studied at Pembroke College, Oxford and at Georgetown. The king is a 43rd generation direct descendant of Mohammed.
Daily Caller reports rumors from a variety of Middle Eastern sources which claim that the King of Jordan will personally fly sorties against the jihadi state.
Jordanâ€™s King Abdullah ibn al-Hussein, who has trained as a pilot, may fly a bomber himself on Thursday in the countryâ€™s retaliation against the ISIS.
Several Arabic-language newspapers reported late Wednesday that the monarch would personally participate in bombing raids on the terrorist group, citing his vow Tuesday to â€œstrike them in their strongholds.â€
The king was in Washington when news broke Tuesday of pilot Muadh al-Kasasbehâ€™s demise at the hands of ISIS extremists. Meeting with the House Armed Services Committee shortly before leaving for Amman, he reportedly quoted the Clint Eastwoodâ€™s film â€œUnforgivenâ€ and said that Jordan would pursue the jihadis until it ran â€œout of fuel and bullets.â€
There is a Twitchy page devoted to the rumors.
i24news reports that Jordanian air operations against ISIS are already underway:
The Jordanian air force carried out air strikes against Islamic State targets in Mosul, killing 55 including a top IS commander known as the “Prince of Nineveh,” Iraqi media reported Wednesday.
The strikes came just hours after Jordan’s King Abdullah II vowed a “severe” response to IS after it burned alive a Jordanian fighter pilot captured in Syria.
“The blood of martyr Maaz al-Kassasbeh will not be in vain and the response of Jordan and its army after what happened to our dear son will be severe,” the king said in a statement released by the royal court.