Conflict & Justice

Strait of Hormuz Photos

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Iranian Army soldiers stand guard on a military speed boat during the 'Velayat-90' navy exercises in the Strait of Hormuz in southern Iran on December 28, 2011.

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ALI MOHAMMADI

These days, the Strait of Hormuz is like a a child of divorce caught between two angry parents. Not exactly a fun position to be in. But what exactly is the Strait of Hormuz, and why are the United States and Iran engaging in a back-and-forth war of words over it?

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    Iranian Army soldiers stand guard on a military speed boat during the 'Velayat-90' navy exercises in the Strait of Hormuz in southern Iran on December 28, 2011.

    Credit:

    ALI MOHAMMADI

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    An Iranian Army soldier stands guard on a military speed boat during the 'Velayat-90' navy exercises in the Strait of Hormuz in southern Iran on Dec. 28, 2011.

    Credit:

    ALI MOHAMMADI

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    The USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier is seen as it allegedly went inside the zone where Iranian ships are conducting 10 days of war games in the Gulf, according to Iranian officials.

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    This screengrab shows the Strait of Hormuz. (Google Maps)