That general's issue sounds really odd. Never happened to me yet.
The mission update you mentioned just happens if a west troop comes close to the suitcase the first time, about 15 meters or so. So you should have been able to find that one at least.
Anyway will have a look at this possible issue for sure.
I can uderstand your frustration when you started the mission the first time on a ded server and instead experiencing something you expected just faced some broken stuff.
But why not bring up a bit more useful details in what happened instead of just give room to some bad emotions you may still have about it ?
For example what version have you tried. I recently saw a game hosted even under v1.17, that was the initial relase 3 weeks ago that got updated 10 times since then.
There once was an issue similar to what you described under point 1) and it should have been fixed in version 1.25 as well as the second point !
What kind of game mode have you tried ? SpecOp or TaskForce ?
Did you host the game or did you just connect ?
Which role/slot did each of you guys take ? It is clearly denoted that the group leader is essential when played in MP, but that note was introduced in v1.23 not before. Maybe that was what happened to you ?
I dont have possibilities to make extensive tests on a dedicated box unfortunately, but worked my ** off to have it running nice on my dedicated test environemt though.
So any constructive critics or even reports regarding that particular game mode are much appreciated and would help (me) a lot more to fix things that maybe are broken than just to drop in and try to tell that something shouldnt called compatible.