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:






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

Author — CLS63AMG WAGON

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Glad to see Vox is finally picking up the metric system

Author — Lucas Liew

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“Potential to escalate”

Yep too late

Author — Rowan

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

Author — danny notofconcern

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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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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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Why US has to come in between everything?

Author — Pankaj Thakur

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

Author — Chris L

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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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Oil: exists
USA: its a free real estate

Author — Tushar Gupta

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

Author — jonjansted

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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.”

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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

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

Author — Tim Duncan

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

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How do you mistake a passenger aircraft for a fighter jet?

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

Author — Cory