Douri's role within JRTN has always been shrouded in mystery. Like Osama bin Laden, Douri has needed to keep a low profile due to the $10 million U.S. ransom on his head. Also like Osama, rumors constantly circulated about his health and his location. He had leukemia, he had diabetes, he was dead. He was in Dawr, in Syria, in Iraqi Kurdistan, in Yemen. Occasionally he has popped up to undertake audacious media stunts, such as public letters to presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, or in an interview with Time magazine. He was last heard from on in January 2013, when he issued a video calling for an uprising against Baghdad.