The United States has no plans to add additional forces to the region after U.S. and British militaries conducted strikes on Iran-backed Houthi forces in Yemen, Pentagon spokesman Patrick Ryder said on Friday.

Ryder said Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, who was hospitalized on Jan. 1 to treat an infection, was in good condition, had spoken twice to President Joe Biden in the last two days and had been "actively engaged in overseeing and directing these strikes."

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu;)