Why the US and Iran are fighting over this tiny waterway

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The Strait of Hormuz, “the jugular of the global economy," has become a useful bargaining chip for Iran.

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:

💬 Comments on the video

Wow I never knew the US shot down an Iranian passenger plane



“Potential to escalate”

Yep too late

Author — Rowan


Glad to see Vox is finally picking up the metric system

Author — Lucas Liew


Basically, it’s ok if the US does it but it’s a no no if Iran does it.

Author — Genevieve DeMamiel


Just to clarify for some people here. "Alter course to 360 degrees" is different to "make a 360 degree turn".

Author — Paizala


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

Author — Someone


Who's here after the recent US air strike on Iranian General?

Author — Toby Adams


Why US has to come in between everything?

Author — Pankaj Thakur


So funny how Iraq thought they were being smart with the US buddies attacking Iran together but years later the US attacked Iraq and completely destroyed their country

Author — Caelum_1995


I feel like I'm a spy getting briefed whenever I watch a Vox video.

Author — danny notofconcern


US helped saddam? nothing new there.... next they'd be helping Iran if Saudis turn to the Chinese

Author — Chris L


Vox just ignored the part of Obama’s deal where he caved to a hostage situation and sent $1.7 Billion dollars in cash.... seems a little sketch

Author — Biggis Dickus


Yes only the US should carry nuclear weapons... Because our president is such a stable minded person. 😂😂😂

Author — Tim Duncan


Oil: exists
USA: its a free real estate

Author — Tushar Gupta


U.S accidentally shoots down Iranian aircraft... Iran accidentally shoots down aircraft filled with Canadians... 🤔

Author — Bobby Tumba


🇸🇦🇶🇦🇰🇼🇮🇶: “🇺🇸, pls help us fight 🇮🇷.”

🇺🇸: “Nah, I’ll just watch (only providing intel).

Arab states: “But they’re attacking our oil.”

🇺🇸: “Send in the 5th fleet.”

Author — Simon Roh


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

Author — Natalia Chigne Saud


Iran Aircraft 655 -Things they don't teach you in history class.

Author — jonjansted


"Alter your course to 360 degrees immediately"
Ship: Am I a joke to you?

Author — Martin Ivanovski


Little did they know Bush himself is a Weapon of Mass Destruction

Author — ShotsFired andMissed