Two Los Angeles gang members appear to have joined the flow of foreigners flocking to fight in Syria — in this instance, on the side of President Bashar Assad.
In a video posted online, the two men boast that they are on the front lines.
One of them identifies himself as Creeper from the Sur-13 or Surenos, a loose affiliation of southern California gangs linked to the Mexican mafia.
The other says he is called Wino and belongs to a gang called Westside Armenian Power. Members of the Armenian Christian minority in Syria are known to be staunch supporters of Assad.
It was impossible to independently verify the authenticity of the video. But the desolate scene in which the two are firing from a bombed building looks like Syria.
"It's Syria, homie, we're in Syria, homie," Wino says.