did the predator kill jim hopper and all of his men? was the man executed just prior to the attack on the camp one of hopper's men? if not who was he?
Dillon's men were in a surveillance helicopter. They got hit with a heat-seeker missle and crashed in the trees. The guerillas climbed up, shot the pilots each once with one round to the head, then stripped the helicopter and took two men as hostages. One of them was most likely executed in that scene you saw.
Hopper and team #2 were then sent in to find out what happened to Dillon's men and the surveillance helicopter. Hopper's men were all killed too, this time by the Predator, asummingly while camouflaged because Hopper's men fired in all directions. Some of Hopper's men were skinned there and some taken elsewhere by the Predator. There was no tracks.
what was it that the CIA was after? was the russians about to capture a predator? someone said something about "something big was about to go down here". was that the big thing?
The big thing was an invasion. Dillon explained that they were looking for that camp for months, that they just stopped a major invasion and in three days the invasion would have occurred.
Hope that helps!