French Troops Take Airport at Kidal, Last Mali Rebel Stronghold

French forces have taken the airport at Kidal, the last major stronghold of Islamist militants who seized control of northern Mali last year.

The French military said Wednesday that troops seized the airport overnight. Haminy Maiga, head of the Kidal regional assembly, said the troops arrived in planes and helicopters, and encountered no resistance when they landed.

The secular Tuareg rebel group MNLA said earlier this week that its fighters had taken control of Kidal from Islamist group …