The whole mission was a cover in order to put an end to an illegal drug smuggling operation. West (Samuel Jackson), Nuñez (Roselyn Sanchez), and Pike are not actually killed. Everyone not actually killed, including Tom Hardy (John Travolta), are involved in the mission and subsequent investigations was in on the plan. The only person not in on things is Julia Osborne (Connie Nielsen), until she finds out everything at the end.
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