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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  • 9/11 scenario for all oil Middle East

    Martin AhmadMartin Ahmad8 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • 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 Hitler2 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • 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 7119 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • 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 Username4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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 Username4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Us bombs Iran passenger jet....2020..Iran: hold these missiles Ukraine

    pppp5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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 War11 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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 K11 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • You never mentioned that sadam invaded Kuwait after Iran war for oil

    Al3almi Q8Al3almi Q814 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Research👀🤓📢 VENUS PROJECT and 📣💫ZEITGEIST MOVEMENT🙏🌟✨🤓🎶🙏💫💖✨

    Sunny TimesSunny Times15 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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 Farahani17 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • *Laughs in Oman*

    A-Diddy 77A-Diddy 7718 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Who r they to be saying we can and can’t develop our nuclear fields

    ryan Ricoryan Rico19 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Trump doesn’t care about anything not iran nor the American troops

    ryan Ricoryan Rico19 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • .

    iftikhar hassaniftikhar hassan21 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Us is a terrrrrrroooorest

    My FriendMy Friend23 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh war ⚔️ 😎

    XavierXavier24 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Shooting down a passenger aircraft is NEVER a 'misstake'

    Ewa FeenEwa Feen24 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • We all need to leave God oil in the earth and stop causing earthquakes

    Rodney HerbertRodney Herbert25 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I live in Qatar oh shout

    Amro KishkAmro Kishk26 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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 Padgett26 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Peace with the Middle East: *exists* Trump: “ this deal is horrendous and should have never been made.”

    Natalia Chigne SaudNatalia Chigne Saud27 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • I really like trump and totally respect him

      name Sungname Sung25 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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 Castle29 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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 Kellar29 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • fantastic video , i learned alot

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

    Elross PangueElross Pangueหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Trump You should change The ways pal...

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

    Asia yousfiAsia yousfiหลายเดือนก่อน

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

    Ram EshwarRam Eshwarหลายเดือนก่อน
  • I need subtitles for this

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

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

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

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

    Emilios PowerballerEmilios Powerballerหลายเดือนก่อน
    • BP?

      CitizenAA289CitizenAA28927 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 8:36 PERIODT

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

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

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

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

      Alireza KeshavarzianAlireza Keshavarzianหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Iran was the China in the Middle East

    Vyhart The GamerVyhart The Gamerหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Usa lose iraq And they will lose more

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

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

    • @HellLeveLLed you can stay But Iraq dont want usa

      M.n N.mM.n N.mหลายเดือนก่อน
    • M.n N.m USA stay in Iraq

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

    Shira MackShira Mackหลายเดือนก่อน
  • 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 Bหลายเดือนก่อน
  • ok ic usa supported sadam invading iran then killed him calling him a terrorist. totally a gangster movie plot

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

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

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

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

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

    Normal Dragon759Normal Dragon759หลายเดือนก่อน
  • 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 Whispererหลายเดือนก่อน
  • 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 Bertinottiหลายเดือนก่อน
  • It may sound simplistic but why don't they ship through other portage facilities, abandon Hormuz completely ?

    Suzy QualcastSuzy Qualcastหลายเดือนก่อน
  • 4:25 wait, what?

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

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

    Zarif Ul AlamZarif Ul Alamหลายเดือนก่อน
  • 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!

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

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

    Leonardo RodriguesLeonardo Rodriguesหลายเดือนก่อน
  • 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 isหลายเดือนก่อน
  • good source of knowledge

    Muhammad RizwanMuhammad Rizwanหลายเดือนก่อน
  • 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 Hartonoหลายเดือนก่อน
  • 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 Hartonoหลายเดือนก่อน
  • 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 Hartonoหลายเดือนก่อน
  • 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 Hartonoหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Moral of the story is Trump is main evil for current conflict

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

    Zaid KhanZaid Khanหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Excellent narration 👌🏽

    Harvey FernandoHarvey Fernandoหลายเดือนก่อน
  • It just happened

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

    Alexis DiazAlexis Diazหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Game of oil

    Hell's kingHell's kingหลายเดือนก่อน
  • oh someone told US to take that route.

    Lil MoiLil Moiหลายเดือนก่อน
Why the US and Iran are fighting over this tiny waterway