Phoenix soldier killed in Iraq after explosion near vehicle

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Phoenix soldier killed in action

PHOENIX -- A soldier from Phoenix was killed in Iraq on Monday.

The Department of Defense said Pfc. Albert R. Jex, 23, and three other soldiers died in Mosul, Iraq, after an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle.

The other soldiers were identified as Lt. Col. Garnet R. Derby, 44, of Missoula, Mont.; Sgt. Joshua A. Ward, 30, of Scottsville, Ky.; and Pfc. Jonathan R. Roberge, 22, of Leominster, Mass.

The soldiers were assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.