Khark (khäk) [key] or Kharg khärg, island, c.4 mi (6 km) long and c.2 mi (3 km) wide, SW Iran, in the Persian Gulf. Site of one of the world's largest deepwater oil ports, it is linked to the mainland by a 25-mi (40-km) pipeline. The oil terminal was a target of frequent attacks during the Iran-Iraq War in the 1980s, when it was partly destroyed.
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