Did Jordan's Princess Salma Help Israel Shoot Down Iranian Missiles and Drones?

Salma became the first female pilot in the Jordanian Armed Forces in 2018 Photos: Social Networks

Social networks and media are on fire: several versions are circulating on the Internet that a famous Arab princess, who is a pilot in her country's air force, took part in missions to shoot down missiles and drones launched against Iran. Israel.

By: The reason

New Arab, one of the leading news websites in the Arab world, shared rumors that Jordan's Princess Salma not only participated in the operation, but shot down five or six drones launched by the Tehran regime.

More than 300 missiles, including cruise and ballistic missiles, were fired at Israel on Saturday night by Tehran's forces, reportedly in retaliation for an explosion in Damascus that killed several Iranian military commanders on the first day of April.

Israel's “layered” air defense system excelled in shooting down 99% of Iranian missiles, with valuable assistance from US and UK forces stationed in the region.

Israel was able to contain the onslaught of projectiles with interceptor systems such as David's Sling and Arrow missiles, as well as pilots who quickly maneuvered their warplanes to shoot down rockets and drones.

But there were other pilots who took action: members of the Royal Jordanian Air Force, including Princess Salma bint Abdullah, daughter of King Abdullah II and the popular Queen Rania and granddaughter of the late King Hussein.

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Salma graduated from the prestigious Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in the United Kingdom in 2018 and became the first female pilot in the Jordanian Armed Forces.

Fantasy or reality?

However, the 23-year-old's participation in Saturday night's duties turned out, like many princess stories, to be pure fantasy. At least that's what another Arabic portal, Misbar, said.

“There is no credible information to suggest that the princess participated in the surgery, and the photo used in the social media posts is from a December 2023 article published in Emirates Women,” New Arab site commented.

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Esmond Harmon

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