Ramadi, IRAQ: An unidentified tribe leader from Iraq's al-Anbar province is escorted by US soldiers to his meeting with Prime Minister Nuri al-Malik in Ramadi 13 March 2007. Maliki's unannounced visit to the western city to build ties between the country's bitterly divided sects came as the Pentagon said Washington is considering pulling US troops out of Iraq if its current "surge" strategy fails to quell raging sectarian violence engulfing Baghdad. AFP PHOTO/PATRICK BAZ (Photo credit should read PATRICK BAZ/AFP via Getty Images)