Why the US and Iran are fighting over this tiny waterway

The Strait of Hormuz, “the jugular of the global economy," has become a useful bargaining chip for Iran.
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The Strait of Hormuz is a narrow waterway that lies between Iran and Oman. This 21 mile-wide passage supports 20% of the world’s oil supply. A closure of this waterway could send the global economy into a tailspin.
In recent months, several oil tankers have been seized, attacked and harassed. These oil tankers - and this narrow water passage - are at the center of the conflict between the US and Iran. It's a conflict that spans decades and has the potential to escalate in one of the world’s most important oil chokepoints.
Read more about the recent escalation between the US and Iran:
Strait of Hormuz stats and details from the US Energy Information Administration:
More on the history of conflict between the US and Iran in the Strait of Hormuz in David Crist's novel, The Twilight War:
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  • Iran is anything but a terrorist country. Iran has enough power to fight ISIS, or other Sunni groups, Taliban forces

    cwaddlecwaddle16 saatler önce
  • Amazing how this video ignores Saudi Arabia.

    YukarioMashimatoYukarioMashimato16 saatler önce
  • Basically, it’s ok if the US does it but it’s a no no if Iran does it.

    Angela MartinAngela MartinGün önce
  • Well call war.

    W Smith meosW Smith meosGün önce
  • Vox Atlas vs Vox borders

    INDmapper 7278INDmapper 7278Gün önce
  • US : Iran and their allies constitue an axis of evil by seeking weapons of mass destruction Iran : well you already having thousands of them US : That's ok, they're in the right hands Japan : ......

    mosta72mosta72Gün önce
  • Guys Iran is just trying to stop global warming, if there is no oil for us, no pollution and than the turtles are safe.

    SomeoneSomeoneGün önce
  • Nice nice video....

    نیکوو Kkkنیکوو Kkk2 gün önce
  • Nothing said about flight 800 shot down by Iran Allowed by the US eye for an eye

    wakeupwakeup2 gün önce
  • US never roar like lion in the midst of the information warfare. He has nothing to do with Iran since Russian government is behind them. Never wonder USA president currently will last to lead in third war since it's begins in 1989, during the fall of Berlin wall and destruction of September 11 2001. It is a great deal bare on our kneel....

    Christopher AmuorChristopher Amuor2 gün önce
  • lets defeat china when iran stops all oil shipments

    Homie KittenHomie Kitten2 gün önce
  • war will happen, it's just a matter of when? humans sure love to fight over stuff.

    friendly911 OSfriendly911 OS2 gün önce
  • got some oil calls ready and waiting

    Luke DaviesLuke Davies3 gün önce
  • Well then move the ports at the East side of Saudi then, problem solved.

    ArgonArgon3 gün önce
  • US shot down a civilian plane killing all it's passengers, nobody talks about that... Not to mention the enormous medling to other countries internall affairs.. Wow talk about double standards

    Nick kNick k3 gün önce
  • Better start investing on gold

    Sky RacerSky Racer4 gün önce
  • VOX you skipped alot for your left leaning agenda

    Kevin GebhardKevin Gebhard5 gün önce
    • What would you add to make this not left leaning? All of this happened.

      macaron3141592653macaron31415926534 gün önce
  • I don't know why people are criticizing the US for getting involved in the Tanker War when they are the same people who would complain if their oil prices jumped to $7.00 a gallon like in 1973. Pick a side....

    ZoomerX24ZoomerX245 gün önce
  • For some reason I feel like this video towards the ended targeted trump. Please provide more information about the deal was made by Obama.

    Christian FloresChristian Flores5 gün önce
  • *So basically Trump came and f**ked everything up again.*

    Taha ImranTaha Imran5 gün önce
    • Taha Imran actually this was years ago so please research and don’t just comment without knowing anything 🤗

      VilaticVilatic4 gün önce
  • US: Sanctions Iran's Oil Iran: Blocks off the Strait of Hormuz US: *NANI!?*

    Taha ImranTaha Imran5 gün önce
  • I never knew the US shot down that Iranian passenger plan. And it all cause of one thing. *OIL*

    Taha ImranTaha Imran5 gün önce
  • 6:03 Oh! i know her...

    Hammad Ur RehmanHammad Ur Rehman5 gün önce
  • What happened to the people on board?

    First Name, SurnameFirst Name, Surname5 gün önce
  • Trump is owned by Israel. It seems to me that Israel is causing the US a lot of problems, since they were against the Iran Deal.

    Jae LynnJae Lynn6 gün önce
    • Not surprised since his daughter and son-in-law are both jews and heavely supported by Israel. Jared kushner is running the middle east policy

      anonymous 64anonymous 643 gün önce
  • If the US is a so-called "#1 oil exporter" now, why the EFF are we still in the ME? Greed I suspect.

    Jae LynnJae Lynn6 gün önce
  • The oil was flowing, why mess with it?

    Mars BellatorMars Bellator6 gün önce
  • Enough of primitive oil dependency, time for renewable energy!

    ziggyplayziggyplay6 gün önce
  • President Trump abandoned the nuclear deal with Iran

    Nick 2x opokuNick 2x opoku6 gün önce
  • We leave in smart world and smart business

    Nick 2x opokuNick 2x opoku6 gün önce
  • Maybe USA should just try to mind it's own business for a change

    Neel AdkeNeel Adke6 gün önce
    • The Oil is our buisness We have a contract from Saudi Arrabia. Only Soudi is turning on us China & Russia will try to take over. This is ww3 in beginning stages. It's fixed

      Prime LopezPrime Lopez5 gün önce
  • trump has brain damage

  • thats not tiny xd.

    TheMan WithThePlanTheMan WithThePlan7 gün önce
  • subperb

    Paras GehlotParas Gehlot7 gün önce
  • Iran are the baddies

    Davi M. KimDavi M. Kim7 gün önce
  • >a body of water that actually borders Iran vs the US' interests in the middle east and they wonder why 9/11 happened

    AA7 gün önce
  • turn 360 degrees , they did lol

    Why SoSeriousWhy SoSerious7 gün önce
  • gd job Iran

    Yasin HasanYasin Hasan7 gün önce
  • Why not build a oil pipeline from est to west saudi? Expel the need for the Hormoz strait. The saudi could pay for it in exchange for futher oil dominance.

    Mr0o0o0o0o0o0o0o0Mr0o0o0o0o0o0o0o07 gün önce
  • The BS that the rest of the world has to deal from Americans!

    Naveen VijayanNaveen Vijayan8 gün önce
    • Imagine a world where no US fleets policing the seas; I could see the current superpowers(esp Russia & China) would have annexed their surrounding countries with relative ease. And the arab states or the middle east may finally be unified perhaps(ofc through force coz everyone there has different intrepetation of Islam). And US would have more money/funding for themselves that they would've no problems with immigrants from all over the world.

      Shin ChanShin Chan7 gün önce
  • You somehow forgot first to mention the Iranian tanker that was seized before the British tanker. If you were truthful you would have mentioned it. Than you talk the nonsense you make of the cover up story. You’re nothing but hoax

    TGMisHMS_313TGMisHMS_3138 gün önce
  • This sounds like a precursor to. WW3 video game.

    nytehawxnytehawx8 gün önce
  • I would like to squeeze all the orange out of that man trump orange juice for a better country

    Mj MatthewsMj Matthews9 gün önce
    • Mj Matthews actually this has nothing to do with trump 🤗

      VilaticVilatic4 gün önce
  • 1. People who don't know anything about the US's place in history and current affairs: The US is great! 2. People who know a bit about the US's track record in history and current affairs: The US is an evil empire! 3. People who actually know a lot about the US's international track record: Yeah... On the whole it's one of the least terrible interventionist countries on earth. And at least it's not Russia or China, because they aren't fun.

    Anil PalanAnil Palan11 gün önce
  • Now the US vs. Iran conflict is beginning to make more sense.

    Rebecca B-GRebecca B-G11 gün önce
  • so the usa is the bad guy here essentially.

    GamersOnVideosGamersOnVideos11 gün önce
  • the country that has nukes: omg they cant have nukes.

    GamersOnVideosGamersOnVideos11 gün önce
  • 7:51 Main cause for dropping of GDP is because of Donald Trump.... Barack Obama tried to prevent this disaster which Iranians were facing and we want Barack Obama back as the president of U.S. but because of Donald Trump, Iran is suffering again after their drop in GDP growth.... No offense but that is the truth.... And no negative comment plz, thank you!!!

    Shaurya BahlShaurya Bahl12 gün önce
  • US instead of cleaning their previous war crimes they commit more so that previous one looks minor

    Ammad FarooqAmmad Farooq13 gün önce
  • Ah! The reason for the British ship's conquest was that: the British ship disregarded Iranian law and dumped its litter in the Persian Gulf, and Britain had seized the Adrian II ship in the Strait of Bab al-Mandeb by spying and circumventing maritime laws. There is something we have been saying in Iran. And this is my sentence for Western politicians: ((All Adrian ۱ fuel discharged in Syria))

    Mohamd AzizeMohamd Azize14 gün önce
  • i bet in the future there might be a military blockade in that area and another unnecessary war

    IWTDIWTD15 gün önce
  • Your last point does not make much sense, "Iran is attacking other countries tankers to encourage them to stick to the deal". That literally makes no sense, I have never heard of anyone attacking someone to keep peace. You attack others to start a war, then eventually you get peace depending on the victor. But other then your final point it was a good little documentary.

    Mephiston 87Mephiston 8715 gün önce
  • the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran" could this be the real problem? maybe?

    Mike ArthutMike Arthut15 gün önce
  • Iranian Navy is based

    Brandon GinkelBrandon Ginkel16 gün önce
  • 🕚Tick-tock tick-tock tick-tock tick... BOOM! 🍄🌋 🕛 Prepare yourselves people. War is inevitable. But what is to come after will be baruk'd (blessed). Trust in Yah through Mashiach Yahusha and endure through the increasing storm. YAH POUR YOUR VENGEANCE UPON THE NATIONS! Yahamn, Yah is Truly. Shalum, Yashar'Al✊🏾😌

    Cole James Ríos MillerCole James Ríos Miller16 gün önce
  • They shot down a passenger plane and got away by saying Sorry?! They can possess nuclear weapon but when Iran does it to protect themselves from foreign invasion that is Dangerous? Soverignty is a human right. They aided Iraq to literally invade Iran, and no body says anything

    Coraline JonesCoraline Jones16 gün önce
    • I dont want an easily angered country to suddenly start a war against the US only to get caught in the crossfire, I literally live across the strait...

      Unknown personUnknown person15 gün önce
  • As a person who lived near the place where the problem happened....i remember hearing this news

    Adharv GamingAdharv Gaming16 gün önce
  • The Israeli government and mossad are behind this crisis

    slade tunerslade tuner17 gün önce
  • Turning 360 degrees would actually mean not changing a course :)

    aleshiukasaleshiukas17 gün önce
    • 360 degrees means going north

      Alexander BudiantoAlexander Budianto16 gün önce
  • I guess shifting to renewable energy sources all over the world will completely change the status quo of the current global geopolitics!

    Lkd SamteLkd Samte17 gün önce
  • Why do iran want nukes for if so then all the others will want the same I suppose the only country with nukes in middle east is Israel they have 80 or so

    Richard HawkinsRichard Hawkins17 gün önce
  • Personally i quite like hormuz.

    jeremi jamesjeremi james17 gün önce
  • end iran

    Chocolate PuddingChocolate Pudding18 gün önce

    geronimogeronimo18 gün önce
  • pence show trump this video and give him a notepad from rite aid

    Jerry PJerry P18 gün önce
  • Why does the US spend so much time messing with other people

    PhlegethonPhlegethon18 gün önce
  • 0:24 how do you turn your ship a full 360 degrees?????????????????????????????????? makes no sense

    TMSTMS18 gün önce
  • Bustard USA,the only evil in the world

    Mohin Uddin BaharMohin Uddin Bahar18 gün önce
  • Who started this by robbing oil tankers yeah the uk reap what you sow . Full russian and china backing go home yanks

    Ian WhiteleyIan Whiteley18 gün önce
  • Interesting video thankyou

    Adibas BaleeAdibas Balee18 gün önce
Why the US and Iran are fighting over this tiny waterway