Khark

Khark khäk [key] or Kharg khärg [key], 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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