Why the US and Iran are fighting over this tiny waterway

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  • Published: 22 August 2019
  • 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:
    https://www.vox.com/world/2019/6/21/18700857/us-iran-standoff-timeline

    Strait of Hormuz stats and details from the US Energy Information Administration:
    https://www.eia.gov/beta/international/regions-topics.php?RegionTopicID=WOTC

    More on the history of conflict between the US and Iran in the Strait of Hormuz in David Crist's novel, The Twilight War:
    https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/307277/the-twilight-war-by-david-crist/9780143123675/

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Comments • 5 270

  • Adolph Hitler
    Adolph Hitler  2 days back

    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.

    • I Stole your Car While your read my Username

      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 Username

        That explains why gasoline is about to get expensive here...

        • pp
          pp  5 days back

          Us bombs Iran passenger jet....2020..Iran: hold these missiles Ukraine

          • Anti War
            Anti War  1 weeks back

            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.

            • Le K
              Le K  2 weeks back

              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 !

              • Al3almi Q8
                Al3almi Q8  2 weeks back

                You never mentioned that sadam invaded Kuwait after Iran war for oil

                • Sunny Times
                  Sunny Times  2 weeks back

                  Research👀🤓📢 VENUS PROJECT and 📣💫ZEITGEIST MOVEMENT🙏🌟✨🤓🎶🙏💫💖✨

                  • Mohammad Jafar Farahani

                    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.

                    • A-Diddy 77
                      A-Diddy 77  2 weeks back

                      *Laughs in Oman*

                      • ryan Rico
                        ryan Rico  3 weeks back

                        Who r they to be saying we can and can’t develop our nuclear fields

                        • ryan Rico
                          ryan Rico  3 weeks back

                          Trump doesn’t care about anything not iran nor the American troops

                          • iftikhar hassan
                            iftikhar hassan  3 weeks back

                            .

                            • My Friend
                              My Friend  3 weeks back

                              Us is a terrrrrrroooorest

                              • Xavier
                                Xavier  3 weeks back

                                Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh war ⚔️ 😎

                                • Ewa Feen
                                  Ewa Feen  3 weeks back

                                  Shooting down a passenger aircraft is NEVER a 'misstake'

                                  • Rodney Herbert
                                    Rodney Herbert  4 weeks back

                                    We all need to leave God oil in the earth and stop causing earthquakes

                                    • Amro Kishk
                                      Amro Kishk  4 weeks back

                                      I live in Qatar oh shout

                                      • A Padgett
                                        A Padgett  4 weeks back

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

                                        • Natalia Chigne Saud
                                          Natalia Chigne Saud  4 weeks back

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

                                          • name Sung
                                            name Sung  4 weeks back

                                            I really like trump and totally respect him

                                        • Lev Castle
                                          Lev Castle  4 weeks back

                                          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

                                          • Dave Kellar
                                            Dave Kellar  4 weeks back

                                            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

                                            • Justin Tyme
                                              Justin Tyme  4 weeks back

                                              fantastic video , i learned alot

                                              • Elross Pangue
                                                Elross Pangue  4 weeks back

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

                                                • Elboke12
                                                  Elboke12  1 months back

                                                  Trump You should change The ways pal...

                                                  • Asia yousfi
                                                    Asia yousfi  1 months back

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

                                                    • Mystery Guest
                                                      Mystery Guest  1 months back

                                                      The CURSE OF OIL

                                                      • Ram Eshwar
                                                        Ram Eshwar  1 months back

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

                                                        • Sebastián Boló
                                                          Sebastián Boló  1 months back

                                                          I need subtitles for this

                                                          • habeeb abidemi
                                                            habeeb abidemi  1 months back

                                                            Trump never know how it is with international affairs

                                                            • ilove2929
                                                              ilove2929  1 months back

                                                              Oil of course. The age of black gold will end sooner or later

                                                              • Joe Mama
                                                                Joe Mama  1 months back

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

                                                                • Emilios Powerballer
                                                                  Emilios Powerballer  1 months back

                                                                  Meanwhile im thinking, what business does the UK have near Iran?

                                                                • just a someone
                                                                  just a someone  1 months back

                                                                  8:36 PERIODT

                                                                  • Saxon Vincent
                                                                    Saxon Vincent  1 months back

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

                                                                    • crwn
                                                                      crwn  1 months back

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

                                                                      • KING V
                                                                        KING V  1 months back

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

                                                                        • Alireza Keshavarzian
                                                                          Alireza Keshavarzian  1 months back

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

                                                                      • Vyhart The Gamer
                                                                        Vyhart The Gamer  1 months back

                                                                        Iran was the China in the Middle East

                                                                        • M.n N.m
                                                                          M.n N.m  1 months back

                                                                          Usa lose iraq
                                                                          And they will lose more

                                                                          • M.n N.m
                                                                            M.n N.m  1 months back

                                                                            @HellLeveLLed well. it still puse but its hard to believe
                                                                            to usa is helping with this

                                                                          • HellLeveLLed
                                                                            HellLeveLLed  1 months back

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

                                                                          • M.n N.m
                                                                            M.n N.m  1 months back

                                                                            @HellLeveLLed you can stay
                                                                            But
                                                                            Iraq dont want usa

                                                                          • HellLeveLLed
                                                                            HellLeveLLed  1 months back

                                                                            M.n N.m USA stay in Iraq

                                                                        • Shira Mack
                                                                          Shira Mack  1 months back

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

                                                                          • Magnisky B
                                                                            Magnisky B  1 months back

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

                                                                            • Yi Lu
                                                                              Yi Lu  1 months back

                                                                              ok ic usa supported sadam invading iran then killed him calling him a terrorist. totally a gangster movie plot

                                                                              • Worst Username
                                                                                Worst Username  1 months back

                                                                                Who's here after Iranian admit accidentally shot Passenger airplane?

                                                                                • nmyyy
                                                                                  nmyyy  1 months back

                                                                                  5:14 Bushy's poor attempt to gain the moral high ground

                                                                                  • Bilal Ul haq
                                                                                    Bilal Ul haq  1 months back

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

                                                                                    • Lucas Massoni
                                                                                      Lucas Massoni  1 months back

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

                                                                                      • Normal Dragon759
                                                                                        Normal Dragon759  1 months back

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

                                                                                        • The Whisperer
                                                                                          The Whisperer  1 months back

                                                                                          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.