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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
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“Potential to escalate”

Yep too late

Author — Rowan

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Glad to see Vox is finally picking up the metric system

Author — Lucas Liew

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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

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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

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

Author — Toby Adams

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Oil: exists
USA: its a free real estate

Author — Tushar Gupta

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

Author — danny notofconcern

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

Author — Bobby Tumba

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

Author — Grosser Kurfurst

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🇸🇦🇶🇦🇰🇼🇮🇶: “🇺🇸, 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

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Imagine being one of those ship crew members having to travel through the straight, not knowing whether you're about to be shot, bombed, invaded or set on fire.

Author — The Koinophobic

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

Author — Paizala

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

Author — Genevieve DeMamiel

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Iran *is next to the strait*
USA: *Is thousands of miles away* "it belongs to me"

Author — RoyDaBoii

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Can't even imagine the amount of oil in that ocean.

Author — Cory

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

Author — ShotsFired andMissed

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

Author — jonjansted

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The US is like that cousin who everyone thinks is great but once everyone turned there back they will hit you but if you hit them back your the only one getting in trouble

Author — Half-asleep-Kermit

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Why US has to come in between everything?

Author — Pankaj Thakur

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Shooting a passenger jet is horrible and also a crime, god bless these families

Author — ICE FLAME