§ 79. Sir C. YATE
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what steps have been taken to enlist the Assyrian refugees in Mesopotamia in the local Mesopotamian forces; how many have been enlisted up to the present time; and how many are considered to be fit for enlistment?
§ The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Mr. E. Wood)
Recruitment of Assyrians for the local levies is proceeding. The High Commissioner reported some time ago that 250 recruits had been obtained. I do not doubt that the number is now considerably greater; but I am awaiting full 602 details by despatch. The total number of Kurdish and Assyrian levies which it is proposed ultimately to raise is 2,500.