In what may rank as the most unusual scene to emerge from the Syrian civil war, two men claiming to be Los Angeles gang members named “Creeper” and “Wino” posted a video to YouTube in which they boast of their exploits on the battlefront, wave and shoot their machine guns, display their gang tattoos, pepper their dialogue with curses, Spanish and Arabic phrases and profess loyalty to their fellow gang members back home.
They even refer to Syrian rebels as “enemigos.”
The footage, which could not be independently verified by TheBlaze, was posted by the Middle East Media Research Institute after it surfaced online. In the clip, the two refer to themselves as Creeper of the G’d Up-13 gang and Wino of the Westside Armenian Power gang.
“That’s right. I’m gangbanging, homie. Post this sh** up, homie. Tell the homies in f***ing Middle East, homie, still gangbanging, homie, putting that sh** down for the big Sur-13 gang,” Creeper says.
Wino then says, “It’s Syria, homie. We’re in Syria, homie … frontline, homie. Frontline, homie. We don’t give a f***.”
Though the men did not appear to be facing any enemy at the moment of the video’s taping – based on their demeanors and the absence of the sound of incoming gunfire – they made a point of aimlessly shooting out of the demolished structure in which they staged their video.
Wino, of course, would be an unusual name for one fighting alongside Muslims, for whom the consumption of alcohol is forbidden.
According to the Middle East Media Research Institute, Wino Ayee Peeyakan’s real name is Nerses Kilajyan. His Facebook page displayed photos of him wearing Hezbollah fatigues, including these:
The Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah has deployed thousands of its fighters to Syria to defend the rule of President Bashar Assad, a key ally of the group.
Here is another exchange between the two men on the video:
Creeper: Come, Ali [photographer]. Check out the enemigos right there, homie. They’re all right there, dawg.
Wino: But we don’t give a f***, homie.
Creeper: As you know, homie, inshallah [Arabic for "God willing"], homie, Capone, Mr. Criminal from Silverlake, Capone from Cyclones, and Crazy Loco from Pasadena, and Pink Lady … we still got love for you, girl. We still got love for all you homies, all the Sureños.”
“Judging by the photos, Wino seems to have been fighting in Syria since December 2012. Comments by Wino’s Facebook friends suggest that the two were deported from the U.S. due to their involvement in criminal activity,” MEMRI posted.
Here is the video, courtesy of MEMRI (content warning — strong language):