Author Topic: Two L.A. gang members fighting for al-Assad in video are deported Syrians  (Read 294 times)

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Los Angeles (CNN) -- U.S. authorities have learned more about two Los Angeles-area men claiming in a video to be gang members fighting in Syria: It turns out they are Syrian nationals of Armenian descent who were deported back to that country because of their criminal history.

One of the men is Nercis Kilajian, whom U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported to Syria in 2012, according to local and federal records provided by Sgt. Tom Lorenz of the Glendale Police Department.

The spelling of that name in the police records is different from a Nerses Kilajyan that a Middle East news research group found on his Facebook page, but phonetically, it is similar.

The other man in the video is Sarou Madarian, who was deported to Syria in 2010, Lorenz said Thursday.

In the video, Madarian identifies himself only as "Creeper" of the Sun Valley GW-13 gang and leaves the false impression that he's a Latino gang member because he sprinkles Spanish words in his fluent English.

Lorenz said Madarian is a member of the Grumpy Winos gang from Sun Valley.

Their YouTube video showed them firing rifles in Syria's civil war, apparently fighting on behalf of President Bashar al-Assad's regime. Some Armenians side with al-Assad because he has protected the minority group in Syria.

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