Why the US and Iran are fighting over this tiny waterway

  • Published on Aug 22, 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.
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    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 • 4 699

  • Jae Lynn
    Jae Lynn 10 minutes ago

    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.

  • Jae Lynn
    Jae Lynn 39 minutes ago

    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 3 hours ago

    The oil was flowing, why mess with it?

  • ziggyplay
    ziggyplay 5 hours ago

    Enough of primitive oil dependency, time for renewable energy!

  • Nick 2x opoku
    Nick 2x opoku 13 hours ago

    President Trump abandoned the nuclear deal with Iran

  • Nick 2x opoku
    Nick 2x opoku 13 hours ago +1

    We leave in smart world and smart business

  • Neel Adke
    Neel Adke 17 hours ago +1

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

    GEO BLASTER 19 hours ago +1

    trump has brain damage

  • TheMan WithThePlan

    thats not tiny xd.

  • Paras Gehlot
    Paras Gehlot Day ago


  • Davi M. Kim
    Davi M. Kim Day ago

    Iran are the baddies

  • A
    A Day ago

    >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 Day ago

    turn 360 degrees , they did lol

  • Yasin Hasan
    Yasin Hasan Day ago

    gd job Iran

  • Mr0o0o0o0o0o0o0o0

    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 2 days ago +1

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

    • Shin Chan
      Shin Chan Day ago

      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 2 days ago +1

    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 2 days ago

    This sounds like a precursor to. WW3 video game.

  • Mj Matthews
    Mj Matthews 3 days ago +7

    I would like to squeeze all the orange out of that man
    trump orange juice for a better country

  • Anil Palan
    Anil Palan 5 days ago +1

    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 5 days ago

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

  • GamersOnVideos
    GamersOnVideos 5 days ago +1

    so the usa is the bad guy here essentially.

  • GamersOnVideos
    GamersOnVideos 5 days ago

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

  • Shaurya Bahl
    Shaurya Bahl 6 days ago

    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 6 days ago

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

  • Mohamd Azize
    Mohamd Azize 8 days ago

    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 9 days ago

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

  • Mephiston 87
    Mephiston 87 9 days ago

    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 9 days ago

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

  • Brandon Ginkel
    Brandon Ginkel 10 days ago

    Iranian Navy is based

  • Cole James Ríos Miller

    🕚Tick-tock tick-tock tick-tock
    tick... BOOM! 🍄🌋
    Prepare yourselves people.
    War is inevitable.
    But what is to come after will be baruk'd (blessed).
    Trust in Yah through Mashiach Yahusha and endure through the increasing storm.
    Yahamn, Yah is Truly.
    Shalum, Yashar'Al✊🏾😌

  • Coraline Jones
    Coraline Jones 10 days ago +6

    They shot down a passenger plane and got away by saying Sorry?! They can possess nuclear weapon but when Iran does it to protect themselves from foreign invasion that is Dangerous? Soverignty is a human right. They aided Iraq to literally invade Iran, and no body says anything

    • Unknown person
      Unknown person 9 days ago

      I dont want an easily angered country to suddenly start a war against the US only to get caught in the crossfire, I literally live across the strait...

  • Adharv Gaming
    Adharv Gaming 10 days ago

    As a person who lived near the place where the problem happened....i remember hearing this news

  • slade tuner
    slade tuner 11 days ago

    The Israeli government and mossad are behind this crisis

  • aleshiukas
    aleshiukas 11 days ago +2

    Turning 360 degrees would actually mean not changing a course :)

  • Lkd Samte
    Lkd Samte 11 days ago

    I guess shifting to renewable energy sources all over the world will completely change the status quo of the current global geopolitics!

  • Richard Hawkins
    Richard Hawkins 11 days ago

    Why do iran want nukes for if so then all the others will want the same I suppose the only country with nukes in middle east is Israel they have 80 or so

  • jeremi james
    jeremi james 11 days ago

    Personally i quite like hormuz.

  • Chocolate Pudding
    Chocolate Pudding 12 days ago

    end iran

  • geronimo
    geronimo 12 days ago


  • Jerry P
    Jerry P 12 days ago

    pence show trump this video and give him a notepad from rite aid

  • Phlegethon
    Phlegethon 12 days ago +1

    Why does the US spend so much time messing with other people

  • TMS
    TMS 12 days ago

    0:24 how do you turn your ship a full 360 degrees?????????????????????????????????? makes no sense

  • Mohin Uddin Bahar
    Mohin Uddin Bahar 12 days ago

    Bustard USA,the only evil in the world

  • Ian Whiteley
    Ian Whiteley 12 days ago

    Who started this by robbing oil tankers yeah the uk reap what you sow . Full russian and china backing go home yanks

  • Adibas Balee
    Adibas Balee 12 days ago

    Interesting video thankyou

  • Martin Kennedy
    Martin Kennedy 12 days ago

    Too high risky who oil tanker destroyed will start war sooner.

  • Gavin Reddig
    Gavin Reddig 12 days ago

    You want sum Iran? You really want a peice of this?

  • Wannabe Cristero
    Wannabe Cristero 12 days ago

    Who was Iran attacked? They mostly keep to themselves, they have defended Christians in Syria and Iraq too. They fight ISIS.

  • Patrick Farrell
    Patrick Farrell 12 days ago

    Iran is strong. Nearly 4 millenniums of proof .

  • Adis Dedic
    Adis Dedic 12 days ago +1

    US and Israel can have nuclear weapons but not Iran......and its called democrasy;)
    Either everybody can have it or nobody can have it.

  • Kenneth Dokus
    Kenneth Dokus 12 days ago

    Well Iran is acting like Pirates. Bottom line Iran has started this you said so in the beginning. Iran isn't going to hold the world hostage like this. They're gonna get a punch to the jaw.

  • Michele Gambacorta
    Michele Gambacorta 12 days ago

    We could see several companies reflagging their ships to Singapore, Hong Kong and Switzerland.

  • Teh Mu Jin
    Teh Mu Jin 12 days ago

    Why yankee go so far from their own coast? Iran should tell the yankee to go home

  • Michael Beach
    Michael Beach 12 days ago

    Well I'm going to be investing in electric car companies

  • Joseph Arden
    Joseph Arden 12 days ago

    To be honest, it's a pretty big mistake the USA helped Iraq.

  • Jonathan Allison
    Jonathan Allison 12 days ago

    Don't see how a bit of gun boat diplomacy wouldn't work here

  • asif jalal
    asif jalal 13 days ago

    Britain is land of thives they deserve it.... They have stole .. Resources from other country....now we should take their..ss

  • B. Real right
    B. Real right 13 days ago

    US is a bunch of bullies lol

  • Tural Usubov
    Tural Usubov 13 days ago

    0:24 altering course to 360 degrees is not changing direction😂😂

    • Tural Usubov
      Tural Usubov 13 days ago

      @Amirhadi s Thx a lot👍👍👍👌

    • Amirhadi s
      Amirhadi s 13 days ago

      @Tural Usubov360 degrees on the compass ,not make 360 turn, on the compass it means head toward north
      (90is east,180 is south,270 is west, hope u get it)

    • Tural Usubov
      Tural Usubov 13 days ago

      @Amirhadi s Can you explain it please?

    • Amirhadi s
      Amirhadi s 13 days ago

      Its deferent