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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  • So the rich can stay rich

    Sally McMurraySally McMurray12 saatler önce
  • 9/11 scenario for all oil Middle East

    Martin AhmadMartin Ahmad6 gün önce
  • The U.S: the Iranians and their terrorist groups are pure evil. Also U.S: lets send weapons and economic aid to terrorist groups in the Middle East.

    Adolph HitlerAdolph Hitler8 gün önce
    • Israel mossad =911 =3000 dead Americans , Also took all the money and gold out of those towers and Pentagons.,, HOW SILLY YOU PEOPLE ARE A JUMBO AMERICAN AIRLINE PUT A HOLE IN THE PENTAGONE .

      Stockton 711Stockton 7116 gün önce
  • Why is everyone blaming the USA, aren't every country greedy? you guys are the same as Balkan citizen who is talking about Kosovo Conflict.

    I Stole your Car While your read my UsernameI Stole your Car While your read my Username10 gün önce
  • That explains why gasoline is about to get expensive here...

    I Stole your Car While your read my UsernameI Stole your Car While your read my Username10 gün önce
  • Us bombs Iran passenger jet....2020..Iran: hold these missiles Ukraine

    pppp11 gün önce
  • February 2020 & Netanyahu faces imprisonment. He will force ww3 before he is trailed. Israel has bombed Lebanon, Syria & Iraq in a matter of days. Netanyahu needs a war.

    Anti WarAnti War17 gün önce
  • The USA (not the people) is the worst country in the world. Killed (hundreds) thousands of people for money without never being judged for it !

    Le KLe K17 gün önce
  • You never mentioned that sadam invaded Kuwait after Iran war for oil

    Al3almi Q8Al3almi Q820 gün önce
  • Research👀🤓📢 VENUS PROJECT and 📣💫ZEITGEIST MOVEMENT🙏🌟✨🤓🎶🙏💫💖✨

    Sunny TimesSunny Times21 gün önce
  • Western countries build a forest in the name of the United Nations. When they seized the Iranian oil tanker, we did so by citing the same rules. Iran is not a country to stand up to bullying, like Libya, first with its nuclear negotiations and then going for its ballistic missiles; and then attacking it with nothing to defend. And now that the Western media is coming and rejecting the whole story of the Iranian tanker being banned by the British.

    Mohammad Jafar FarahaniMohammad Jafar Farahani23 gün önce
  • *Laughs in Oman*

    A-Diddy 77A-Diddy 7724 gün önce
  • Who r they to be saying we can and can’t develop our nuclear fields

    ryan Ricoryan Rico25 gün önce
  • Trump doesn’t care about anything not iran nor the American troops

    ryan Ricoryan Rico25 gün önce
  • .

    iftikhar hassaniftikhar hassan27 gün önce
  • Us is a terrrrrrroooorest

    My FriendMy Friend29 gün önce
  • Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh war ⚔️ 😎

    XavierXavierAylar önce
  • Shooting down a passenger aircraft is NEVER a 'misstake'

    Ewa FeenEwa FeenAylar önce
  • We all need to leave God oil in the earth and stop causing earthquakes

    Rodney HerbertRodney HerbertAylar önce
  • I live in Qatar oh shout

    Amro KishkAmro KishkAylar önce
  • These are not the only countries with oil and I dont understand why anyone buys their oil anyway and obama made a huge mistake

    A PadgettA PadgettAylar önce
  • Peace with the Middle East: *exists* Trump: “ this deal is horrendous and should have never been made.”

    Natalia Chigne SaudNatalia Chigne SaudAylar önce
    • I really like trump and totally respect him

      name Sungname SungAylar önce
  • if i meet trump ill ask him to give me a ride to iran with tsar bomba so they will not only lose their country but also their sanity oh wair i forgot he got impeached ill just ask the next press

    Lev CastleLev CastleAylar önce
  • If anything ever happened to stop getting oil--- canada and United States have just a sense much if need be--- that’s a fact-- although harder to extract Canada is huge for oil and actually so is the states and natural gas too

    Dave KellarDave KellarAylar önce
  • fantastic video , i learned alot

    Justin TymeJustin TymeAylar önce
  • Hi Vox, hopefully you can create a video like this or documentary about the financial crises that happened in the past

    Elross PangueElross PangueAylar önce
  • Trump You should change The ways pal...

    Elboke12Elboke12Aylar önce
  • What’s the U.S. doing in the Middle East 🙄

    Asia yousfiAsia yousfiAylar önce

    Mystery GuestMystery GuestAylar önce
  • Saudi should make a channel to by pass the straits..All tanker ships will be easily moved thru it with US security.

    Ram EshwarRam EshwarAylar önce
  • I need subtitles for this

    Sebastián BolóSebastián BolóAylar önce
  • Trump never know how it is with international affairs

    habeeb abidemihabeeb abidemiAylar önce
  • Oil of course. The age of black gold will end sooner or later

    ilove2929ilove2929Aylar önce
  • I bet the American's bombed that tanker just my opinion

    Joe MamaJoe MamaAylar önce
  • Meanwhile im thinking, what business does the UK have near Iran?

    Emilios PowerballerEmilios PowerballerAylar önce
    • BP?

      CitizenAA289CitizenAA289Aylar önce
  • 8:36 PERIODT

    just a someonejust a someoneAylar önce
  • we need to arm cargo with rocket launchers so if a little Iranian comes by, we can say good by

    Saxon VincentSaxon VincentAylar önce
  • Even if you read history, And go back in time. United States of America is the real Terrorist of the world.

    crwncrwnAylar önce
  • Who is here after Iran shot down the Ukrainian passenger plane??

    KING VKING VAylar önce
    • KING V Iran was being set up they hacked the airplane and made it appears as a fighter get on radars.

      Alireza KeshavarzianAlireza KeshavarzianAylar önce
  • Iran was the China in the Middle East

    Vyhart The GamerVyhart The GamerAylar önce
  • Usa lose iraq And they will lose more

    M.n N.mM.n N.mAylar önce
    • @HellLeveLLed well. it still puse but its hard to believe to usa is helping with this

      M.n N.mM.n N.mAylar önce
    • M.n N.m. who said Iraq doesn’t want USA? Iraq and USA few days ago had started anti-isis missions again.

      HellLeveLLedHellLeveLLedAylar önce
    • @HellLeveLLed you can stay But Iraq dont want usa

      M.n N.mM.n N.mAylar önce
    • M.n N.m USA stay in Iraq

      HellLeveLLedHellLeveLLedAylar önce
  • Palestine’s territories is Israel now... thx vox I don’t live in Palestine

    Shira MackShira MackAylar önce
  • everyone, let's get electric cars!!! i don't want to fight in a narrow body of water surrounded by deserts for WWIII

    Magnisky BMagnisky BAylar önce
  • ok ic usa supported sadam invading iran then killed him calling him a terrorist. totally a gangster movie plot

    Yi LuYi LuAylar önce
  • Who's here after Iranian admit accidentally shot Passenger airplane?

    Worst UsernameWorst UsernameAylar önce
  • 5:14 Bushy's poor attempt to gain the moral high ground

    nmyyynmyyyAylar önce
  • The moral! Don't make an orange head person your President Americans!!!!

    Bilal Ul haqBilal Ul haqAylar önce
  • At least I think I know why the Iranian care, it's more their sea than the one of the American no?

    Lucas MassoniLucas MassoniAylar önce
  • If you are reading this it means i got drafted for WW3 and now I am behind enemy lines

    Normal Dragon759Normal Dragon759Aylar önce
  • So basically, if US does something, it's to protect democracy and world interest. If anyone else does the same thing, they become terrorists, human-rights violators and what not. To be honest, no country's a saint. Everyone shows the face of being a savior but no one really cares about the world as a whole. Just self interest.

    The WhispererThe WhispererAylar önce
  • You seem to know a lot but why you not mentioning the reason why Iran nuclear deal was shot down because of trump was because they were still making nukes. While we were paying him under Obama not to make them. And you forgot a big part where Obama gave them uranium. And said hey don't use this to make nukes lol stay woke everyone

    Michael BertinottiMichael BertinottiAylar önce
  • It may sound simplistic but why don't they ship through other portage facilities, abandon Hormuz completely ?

    Suzy QualcastSuzy QualcastAylar önce
  • 4:25 wait, what?

    Diganta DasDiganta DasAylar önce
    • w8 the media didnt cover that int in 1980s. 🤔Wonder why

      WizzleWizzleAylar önce
  • Now Iran has shot down passenger plane , only innocent people suffer

    Zarif Ul AlamZarif Ul AlamAylar önce
  • WW3 teaser trailer 2020

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  • This is why I love @Vox ... they’ve got their finger on the pulse at all times!

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  • We shot down a passenger plane. They shoot down a passenger plane last week. Ironic

    Young ArryYoung ArryAylar önce
  • Suddenly, this video became even more important than it already was

    Leonardo RodriguesLeonardo RodriguesAylar önce
  • I dont think theyre taking the sanctions of any time soon

    I don’t want to Know what my fate isI don’t want to Know what my fate isAylar önce
  • good source of knowledge

    Muhammad RizwanMuhammad RizwanAylar önce
  • iranian dan american can live in peace, but the US government will not. US need oilm and need war. A Megapoject of oil and weapon / ammunition selling

    Kicung HartonoKicung HartonoAylar önce
  • iranian dan american can live in peace, but the US government will not. US need oilm and need war. A Megapoject of oil and weapon / ammunition selling

    Kicung HartonoKicung HartonoAylar önce
  • iranian dan american can live in peace, but the US government will not. US need oilm and need war. A Megapoject of oil and weapon / ammunition selling

    Kicung HartonoKicung HartonoAylar önce
  • iranian dan american can live in peace, but the US government will not. US need oilm and need war. A Megapoject of oil and weapon / ammunition selling

    Kicung HartonoKicung HartonoAylar önce
  • Moral of the story is Trump is main evil for current conflict

    avishek chakrabortyavishek chakrabortyAylar önce
  • 5:15 oh!!!!! Is that the devil ??

    Zaid KhanZaid KhanAylar önce
  • Excellent narration 👌🏽

    Harvey FernandoHarvey FernandoAylar önce
  • It just happened

    Shweta KhangarotShweta KhangarotAylar önce
  • Who else is here because they watched this because they are alive?

    Alexis DiazAlexis DiazAylar önce
  • Game of oil

    Hell's kingHell's kingAylar önce
Why the US and Iran are fighting over this tiny waterway