Originally Posted by HEAT111
In countries where Spanish, Portuguese, or French are spoken, and especially on the Iberian peninsula and in some parts of Latin America, a gesture called the Bras d'honneur involving raising a fist and slapping the biceps on the same arm as the fist used, sometimes called the Iberian slap or Iberian finger, is equivalent to the finger. Italy, Poland, and countries under the influence of Russian culture (Russia, Belarus, Ukraine) also see the Bras d'honneur as equivalent to the finger.
This gesture indicates "up your ass."
In Iraq this is indicating the thumbs up gesture. Which led a lot of our troops to misjudge the approval of the Iraqi people. I'm not kidding about that.