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Is it still possible to abort a mission mid-way through?
In EU, oftentimes I had to order my squad to flee the scene in order to escape from Ethereals (if encountered early in the game on a night mission).
On a strategic level, I also liked that I had the option to snatch up any bodies and salvage any equipment before retreating into the Skyranger. Pretty soon, I was able to use even my smallest base as a kind of collection center for new alien types and technology. Even though the specific mission officially ended in defeat, I ended up with new tech to research and new alien types to probe, all without a large amount of personnel and equipment.
I don't even know if it is possible, but i can see myself cutting a few missions short if things go south for my expensive SHIVs and high-ranking officers.