Baghdad demands $1B from US over war damages

BAGHDAD — The Baghdad city government is demanding that the United States pay $1 billion and apologize for damage to the city caused by blast walls erected during the nearly eight-year long war.

In an official statement posted late Wednesday on its website, the local government said US forces had marred the "beautiful city."

It said the blast walls "put up at the pretext of security" damaged the sewage system and sidewalks, caused traffic jams and paralyzed business.

City officials want an official apology and $1 billion to pay for the damage.