The Syrian government says the country is being attacked by extremists but some civilians say the only armed gangs in the city are the security forces. NBC's Ayman Mohyeldin reports.
NBC News' Ayman Mohyeldin is one of the few Western reporters currently in Damascus, Syria. Earlier today he answered reader questions about the ongoing uprising against President Bashar al-Assad's regime there.
REPLAY the chat below to see his answers.
And tune into NBC's Nightly News with Brian Williams tonight to see more of his reporting from Damascus.