Why the US and Iran are fighting over this tiny waterway

  • 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:

    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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Comments • 4 731

  • Someone
    Someone  34 minutes back

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

    • نیکوو Kkk
      نیکوو Kkk  13 hours back

      Nice nice video....

      • wakeup
        wakeup  14 hours back

        Nothing said about flight 800 shot down by Iran Allowed by the US eye for an eye

        • Christopher Amuor
          Christopher Amuor  19 hours back

          US never roar like lion in the midst of the information warfare. He has nothing to do with Iran since Russian government is behind them. Never wonder USA president currently will last to lead in third war since it's begins in 1989, during the fall of Berlin wall and destruction of September 11 2001. It is a great deal bare on our kneel....

          • Homie Kitten
            Homie Kitten  19 hours back

            lets defeat china when iran stops all oil shipments

            • friendly911 OS
              friendly911 OS  20 hours back

              war will happen, it's just a matter of when? humans sure love to fight over stuff.

              • Luke Davies
                Luke Davies  1 days back

                got some oil calls ready and waiting

                • Argon
                  Argon  2 days back

                  Well then move the ports at the East side of Saudi then, problem solved.

                  • Nick k
                    Nick k  2 days back

                    US shot down a civilian plane killing all it's passengers, nobody talks about that... Not to mention the enormous medling to other countries internall affairs.. Wow talk about double standards

                    • Sky Racer
                      Sky Racer  3 days back

                      Better start investing on gold

                      • Kevin Gebhard
                        Kevin Gebhard  3 days back

                        VOX you skipped alot for your left leaning agenda

                        • macaron3141592653
                          macaron3141592653  3 days back

                          What would you add to make this not left leaning? All of this happened.

                      • ZoomerX24
                        ZoomerX24  4 days back

                        I don't know why people are criticizing the US for getting involved in the Tanker War when they are the same people who would complain if their oil prices jumped to $7.00 a gallon like in 1973. Pick a side....

                        • Christian Flores
                          Christian Flores  4 days back

                          For some reason I feel like this video towards the ended targeted trump. Please provide more information about the deal was made by Obama.

                          • Taha Imran
                            Taha Imran  4 days back

                            *Sobasically Trump came and f**ked everything up again.*

                            • Vilatic
                              Vilatic  3 days back

                              Taha Imran actually this was years ago so please research and don’t just comment without knowing anything 🤗

                          • Taha Imran
                            Taha Imran  4 days back

                            US: Sanctions Iran's Oil

                            Iran: Blocks off the Strait of Hormuz

                            US: *NANI!?*

                            • Taha Imran
                              Taha Imran  4 days back

                              I never knew the US shot down that Iranian passenger plan. And it all cause of one thing.


                              • Hammad Ur Rehman
                                Hammad Ur Rehman  4 days back

                                6:03 Oh! i know her...

                                • First Name, Surname
                                  First Name, Surname  4 days back

                                  What happened to the people on board?

                                  • Jae Lynn
                                    Jae Lynn  4 days back

                                    Trump is owned by Israel. It seems to me that Israel is causing the US a lot of problems, since they were against the Iran Deal.

                                    • anonymous 64
                                      anonymous 64  2 days back

                                      Not surprised since his daughter and son-in-law are both jews and heavely supported by Israel. Jared kushner is running the middle east policy

                                  • Jae Lynn
                                    Jae Lynn  4 days back

                                    If the US is a so-called "#1 oil exporter" now, why the EFF are we still in the ME? Greed I suspect.

                                    • Mars Bellator
                                      Mars Bellator  4 days back

                                      The oil was flowing, why mess with it?

                                      • ziggyplay
                                        ziggyplay  4 days back

                                        Enough of primitive oil dependency, time for renewable energy!

                                        • Nick 2x opoku
                                          Nick 2x opoku  5 days back

                                          President Trump abandoned the nuclear deal with Iran

                                          • Nick 2x opoku
                                            Nick 2x opoku  5 days back

                                            We leave in smart world and smart business

                                            • Neel Adke
                                              Neel Adke  5 days back

                                              Maybe USA should just try to mind it's own business for a change

                                              • Prime Lopez
                                                Prime Lopez  3 days back

                                                The Oil is our buisness We have a contract from Saudi Arrabia.
                                                Only Soudi is turning on us
                                                China & Russia will try to take over. This is ww3 in beginning stages.
                                                It's fixed

                                            • GEO BLASTER
                                              GEO BLASTER  5 days back

                                              trump has brain damage

                                              • TheMan WithThePlan
                                                TheMan WithThePlan  5 days back

                                                thats not tiny xd.

                                                • Paras Gehlot
                                                  Paras Gehlot  5 days back


                                                  • Davi M. Kim
                                                    Davi M. Kim  5 days back

                                                    Iran are the baddies

                                                    • A
                                                      A  6 days back

                                                      >a body of water that actually borders Iran vs the US' interests in the middle east
                                                      and they wonder why 9/11 happened

                                                      • Why SoSerious
                                                        Why SoSerious  6 days back

                                                        turn 360 degrees , they did lol

                                                        • Yasin Hasan
                                                          Yasin Hasan  6 days back

                                                          gd job Iran

                                                          • Mr0o0o0o0o0o0o0o0
                                                            Mr0o0o0o0o0o0o0o0  6 days back

                                                            Why not build a oil pipeline from est to west saudi? Expel the need for the Hormoz strait. The saudi could pay for it in exchange for futher oil dominance.

                                                            • Naveen Vijayan
                                                              Naveen Vijayan  7 days back

                                                              The BS that the rest of the world has to deal from Americans!

                                                              • Shin Chan
                                                                Shin Chan  6 days back

                                                                Imagine a world where no US fleets policing the seas;
                                                                I could see the current superpowers(esp Russia & China) would have annexed their surrounding countries with relative ease. And the arab states or the middle east may finally be unified perhaps(ofc through force coz everyone there has different intrepetation of Islam).

                                                                And US would have more money/funding for themselves that they would've no problems with immigrants from all over the world.

                                                            • TGMisHMS_313
                                                              TGMisHMS_313  7 days back

                                                              You somehow forgot first to mention the Iranian tanker that was seized before the British tanker. If you were truthful you would have mentioned it.
                                                              Than you talk the nonsense you make of the cover up story. You’re nothing but hoax

                                                              • nytehawx
                                                                nytehawx  7 days back

                                                                This sounds like a precursor to. WW3 video game.

                                                                • Mj Matthews
                                                                  Mj Matthews  1 weeks back

                                                                  I would like to squeeze all the orange out of that man

                                                                  trump orange juice for a better country

                                                                  • Vilatic
                                                                    Vilatic  3 days back

                                                                    Mj Matthews actually this has nothing to do with trump 🤗

                                                                • Anil Palan
                                                                  Anil Palan  1 weeks back

                                                                  1. People who don't know anything about the US's place in history and current affairs: The US is great!
                                                                  2. People who know a bit about the US's track record in history and current affairs: The US is an evil empire!
                                                                  3. People who actually know a lot about the US's international track record: Yeah... On the whole it's one of the least terrible interventionist countries on earth. And at least it's not Russia or China, because they aren't fun.

                                                                  • Rebecca B-G
                                                                    Rebecca B-G  1 weeks back

                                                                    Now the US vs. Iran conflict is beginning to make more sense.

                                                                    • GamersOnVideos
                                                                      GamersOnVideos  1 weeks back

                                                                      so the usa is the bad guy here essentially.

                                                                      • GamersOnVideos
                                                                        GamersOnVideos  1 weeks back

                                                                        the country that has nukes: omg they cant have nukes.

                                                                        • Shaurya Bahl
                                                                          Shaurya Bahl  2 weeks back

                                                                          7:51 Main cause for dropping of GDP is because of Donald Trump.... Barack Obama tried to prevent this disaster which Iranians were facing and we want Barack Obama back as the president of U.S. but because of Donald Trump, Iran is suffering again after their drop in GDP growth.... No offense but that is the truth.... And no negative comment plz, thank you!!!

                                                                          • Ammad Farooq
                                                                            Ammad Farooq  2 weeks back

                                                                            US instead of cleaning their previous war crimes they commit more so that previous one looks minor

                                                                            • Mohamd Azize
                                                                              Mohamd Azize  2 weeks back

                                                                              Ah! The reason for the British ship's conquest was that: the British ship disregarded Iranian law and dumped its litter in the Persian Gulf, and Britain had seized the Adrian II ship in the Strait of Bab al-Mandeb by spying and circumventing maritime laws. There is something we have been saying in Iran.
                                                                              And this is my sentence for Western politicians:
                                                                                ((All Adrian ۱ fuel discharged in Syria))

                                                                              • IWTD
                                                                                IWTD  2 weeks back

                                                                                i bet in the future there might be a military blockade in that area and another unnecessary war

                                                                                • Mephiston 87
                                                                                  Mephiston 87  2 weeks back

                                                                                  Your last point does not make much sense, "Iran is attacking other countries tankers to encourage them to stick to the deal". That literally makes no sense, I have never heard of anyone attacking someone to keep peace. You attack others to start a war, then eventually you get peace depending on the victor. But other then your final point it was a good little documentary.

                                                                                  • Mike Arthut
                                                                                    Mike Arthut  2 weeks back

                                                                                    the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran"
                                                                                    could this be the real problem? maybe?

                                                                                    • Brandon Ginkel
                                                                                      Brandon Ginkel  2 weeks back

                                                                                      Iranian Navy is based