French Troops in Mali Seize Last Rebel Stronghold

French-led forces were reported in control of three key towns in northern Mali on Wednesday, after al-Qaida-linked militants fled their last stronghold and escaped into a vast desert region with their weapons.

Insurgents mounted no resistance as French and Malian troops arrived at the Kidal airport Wednesday, just days after the capture of Gao and Timbuktu.

Since the cities were recaptured so rapidly and easily, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said his country’s forces would be …